Pianist and vocalist Pat Moore first became involved with sacred music at nine years old, when she became one of the musicians for the Paradise Baptist Church Senior Choir. She was the accompanist for the Chorus of Angels, under the direction of Elmer L. Davis, Sr., when she was 12.
She began entertaining professionally in the Tulsa area in the late 1960s, when she began working with Earl “Bang Bang” Jackson at the Trade Winds West. She formed her own trio in 1970 for a seven-year engagement at the Mayo Hotel.
After living and working in the San Francisco area during the 1980s, Moore returned to Tulsa and resumed an extensive schedule of performances, which included feature spots in the Tulsa Jazz Society’s “Key Men” concerts (as the only female performer) and at the PAC’s Tulsa Jazz Legends show. She served Paradise Baptist as minister of music for three years and is now minister of music for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Moore continued to play locally until rheumatoid arthritis forced her to retire in 2011.