“Their high-energy stage presence, distinctive voices, close harmonies makes Moore By Four a must-see-and-hear.” – MinnPost
Featuring Sanford Moore, Ginger Commodore, Connie Evingson, Dennis Spears, and Ashley Commodore
Moore by Four is one of the region’s most acclaimed vocal ensembles performing sold-out shows at home and abroad, sharing concert billing with Harry Connick, Jr., Joe Williams, and Dizzy Gillespie. Their harmonies invoke thoughts of Manhattan Transfer with their precise vocal control and polish, pulsating rhythms, and innovative arrangements, but with a range all their own.
They quickly established themselves as a fixture on the Twin Cities music scene when the group was created in 1986 at Ruby’s Cabaret in Minneapolis. The group performed sold-out concerts at the Guthrie and Fitzgerald Theaters and went on to tour Europe and Japan, sharing concert billing with Harry Connick, Jr., Joe Williams, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, and Dizzy Gillespie at concert halls and jazz festivals around the world. They’ve sung for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves, former President and Mrs. Clinton, Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, Vaclav Havel, the King and Queen of Sweden and at countless special events, benefits, corporate functions, colleges and universities, concert halls and festivals in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
The harmonies put forth by the four vocalists: Ginger Commodore, Connie Evingson, Dennis Spears, and newcomer Ashley Commodore, immediately invoke thoughts of Manhattan Transfer with their precise vocal control and polish, pulsating rhythms and innovative arrangements. But the individuals’ grounding in gospel, jazz, pop and theater provides a far broader range to the group’s musical offerings. Originally specializing in music from the swing era, the group’s repertoire, arranged by Director Sanford Moore, also includes contemporary jazz, original compositions and new arrangements of the great standards from Broadway, Hollywood and the Cotton Club period – all performed in what has become known as the “signature style” of Moore by Four.