Deborah DeMoss Smith
A former Louisianan, Deborah DeMoss Smith knows about gumbo and a spicy interview. In fact, with a background in writing, TV news, radio hosting, and the author of two books, one of her greatest joys is interviewing. But don’t expect trite questions. Instead, Deborah likes to stir the pot with quirky queries. “One of the best ways,” she says, “to have fun and to learn something about someone is to ask unconventional questions. Recently I asked a jazz pianist, Are you a dancer’? He said he’d never been asked that before and he DID like to dance; he’d even competed! ” Deborah also has an affinity for early morning runs, yoga, movies, live jazz, and cooking supper for family and friends — especially gumbo.
Acclaimed bassist Charnett Moffett is comfortable playing with a band or solo, as he’s doing at the PDX Jazz Festival. His motto: “Jazz is a great American art form and I’m grateful to be a part of it and am still enjoying the many possible ways of discovering this music.”
At 50, bassist Charnett Moffett is adamant about jazz: “The music has to stay honest and I think that’s what makes jazz music so great.” Moffett has not only shared the stage with such greats as Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman and McCoy Tyner, he’s created and shared notable albums of his own, such as “Music from Our Soul.” Moffettt is playing at the PDX Jazz Festival February 17th.
The Second Line's Deborah DeMoss Smith sat down with Or Bareket to learn more about the Israeli-bornbassist.