Dexter Moseley - Bio
He’s sung with the best: from Guy Barker and Jim Mullen to Courtney Pine and Christine Tobin - here’s everything you need to know about Dexter Moseley.
Dexter Moseley hails from Brighton (the same town as Claire Martin and Lianne Carrol - must be something in the air) and grew up in a musical environment. His father was a jazz bass player and bandleader, while Dexter’s twin brother Adam, is an internationally renowned record producer, now based in LA. Singing since the age of four, Dexter performed with various soul bands in the late 1970’s and together with his brother produced an album of their own material featuring some the best musicians in London.
In the early 1980’s Dexter moved into session work. His smooth soul jazz voice attracted attention and back in 1981, he found himself in the line up for lead singer of Heatwave, and auditioned for the lead for ’The Little Shop of Horrors’ in the West End in 1984. Since then he has concentrated his talents firmly in the jazz arena. Over the years, he has performed at Palookaville’s in Covent Garden, been a part of the Singers’ co-operative in both London and Brighton, and gigged at The Jazz Café; The Vortex, China Jazz (Camden); Downtown (Surrey Quays); The Avenue, (St James); Tulse Hill Tavern; Tufnell Park Tavern; O Bar, (Soho); and Quaglinos (Mayfair) and Opus Jazz Club (Paris); as well as leading a residency at Café Lazeez for 3 years.
In his musical career, Dexter has sung with many of the best known names on the UK jazz scene, including Jim Mullen, Colin Purbrook, Bobby Wellins; Robin Aspland; Gareth Williams; Courtney Pine; Tony Kofi; John Etheridge; the Roger O’Dell Trio, as well as with The Hot Orange Big Band.
His vocals have great warmth and agility with an ability to cross over easily between styles: there’s a touch of Sinatra; Nat King Cole; George Benson, Luther Vandross and Kurt Elling in there (if comparison is necessary) while always interpreting lyrics in his own special way.
Moseley Cameron Quintet (‘MCQ’) His current jazz project sees him teaming up with pianist/vocalist Hilary Cameron, Saxophonist Jeremy Shoham (Just East), bassist virtuoso Phil Scragg (Robert Plant’s Sax Appeal, Just East and Protect the Beat) and drummer Michelle Drees (Kirsty MacColl & KD Lang). Apart from being a great jazz pianist, Hilary is an extraordinary vocalist in her own right. The band play a selection of jazz standards and soul/pop classics in their own bluesy and soulful style with Hilary and Dexter often duetting on vocals having developed a pretty empathic understanding over the years. The band have played a number of London jazz clubs (e.g. the Bulls Head, Barnes, the Lower Ground Bar, Octave Bar (Covent Garden); Hugos (Queens Park) and Milestones Jazz Club, Lowestoft, and have also become an accomplished function band playing at weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc. What sets this band apart is the wide range of material they cover without sounding like a ‘covers’ band. Each number is given a new arrangement so that the material always comes over as fresh and energetic. This band wants to play and deserves to be heard!