Charlie Moon (born March 8th, 1989) is an Irish jazz guitarist, singer and composer based in Dublin. He is the son of jazz singer Mia Parsons and legendary blues and jazz guitarist and singer Nigel Mooney “Ireland’s King of the blues” - BBC. Named after Charlie Parker, he was exposed to jazz and blues from an early age and on the night he was born, his father played support to B.B. King in the old stadium in Dublin with his then famous ‘Gripewater Blues Band’, so Charlie’s genes were steeped in the blues and jazz traditions from day one.
In 2016 he graduated from Newpark Music School in Dublin with an honours degree in Jazz Performance, graduating top of his class in ear training and transcription. Here he refined his compositional skills and in 2018, he was nominated for best original score at the Kerry Film Festival for the short film “Ask Me Now” inspired by the Thelonious Monk composition.
He spent a further year studying with legendary Irish jazz guitarist Mike Nielsen and has been frequenting New York to take lessons from such masters of the guitar as Adam Rogers, Nir Felder, Yotam Silberstein and Gilad Hekselman.
During the lockdown he decided the best use of his time would be to begin working on his debut album 'Patchwork' as well as to further educate himself and undertake a Masters in jazz performance in The Netherlands. Here he studied with the likes of Seamus Blake, Joey Baron, Gregory Hutchinson & Jesse Davis.
Throughout his career he has played frequently at the prestigious Cork, Limerick and Bray jazz festivals and has featured numerous times with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, The Hot House Big Band and The Downtown Big Band both as a singer and a rhythm guitarist respectively.
Although Charlie has had no formal vocal training, taking after his parents he began using singing as an effective method of learning and internalising a vast repertoire of jazz standards and soon began incorporating singing into his own live performances. His biggest influences are Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Betty Carter and Chet Baker. He and his quintet regularly perform a tribute gig to the latter @Artur's Blues'n'Jazz Club.
Named “Rising Star” of jazz by The Irish Times in 2018, Charlie adding to his reputation on guitar has established himself as one of the most exciting male jazz singers to emerge this decade. He is increasingly in demand as both a leader and as a side man, on stage and in studio, regularly playing with a host of the top jazz musicians across the country.