Richard L. Moten has been a professional musician since the age of fifteen. Richard started on piano at age seven, and by his early teens began playing the elctric bass. His first jobs were with the William Houston Youth Orchestra playing dance, R&B, and top forty music of the 60’s and 70’s, eventually playing with that band for twenty years. During that time he worked with many bands including Chocolate Milk.
In 1989, Richard transitioned into jazz standards and straight ahead jazz with the guidance of pianist Carl Franklin, requiring him to switch to upright bass. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, he found his niche in the early 90’s when joining the Johnny Bachemin Trio which was to become the Richard Moten Trio in 1998 and would continue to perform at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for another seven years.
Over the years, Richard has come to perform and record with some of the most recognized musicians of the New Orleanean Jazz Scene. He travels regularly to Europe and Japan for feature tours. Having found his second home in Birmingham, Alabama, Richard continues to live and perform in New Orleans, appearing regularly in such prestigious venues as Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, the Palm Court Jazz Café and – last but not least – Irving Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Richard credits his mother, Marie Elise who is a graduate of Juilliard and a life-long concert pianist, as his inspiration.