J.D. Westmoreland is a jazz composer and performer, born September 13, 1973 in Fairfield, California.
Westmoreland is a multi-instrumentalist mostly playing improvisations and eclectic compositions. Earning a degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Memphis, Westmoreland showcased his talent as a composer being awarded the Smit Composition Award.
Composition credits include string arrangements for Christian rock band Clear, North Mississippi Allstars (Polaris (2003)), and Beanpole. Session work includes Willy DeVille "Horse of a Different Color" where Westmoreland plays Tiples. 1992-93 Westmoreland was a member of touring percussion ensemble "Patoombah" performing on the 1993 HORDE TOUR. Forming an improvisation ensemble in 1994 "Delta Grass" w/ musician Beau Crouch, Westmoreland started a musical movement of constant change.
Westmoreland worked as a member of Memphis rock/anti-pop band "BEAM" (1997-99). In 2000, Westmoreland released a solo CD consisting of many composition styles "SOON BE CROWS IN THE GARDEN". The recording got a 4 star review from Commercial Appeal writer Bill Ellis, "Westmoreland covers more ground in 30 mins than most composers bother to do in a lifetime".
Westmoreland began to play bass in early 2000. In 2003, custom bass maker "Robwave" began to sponsor Westmoreland, later to design the "WESTMORELAND BASS". JD Westmoreland began to play shows with jazz legend Herman Green, and touring with Willie Waldman. Westmoreland continued to do other styles of music, with Memphis favorite "MINIVAN BLUES BAND". Minivan released debut recording "LIFELONG TURBULATION" which features two Westmoreland compositions, title track "Lifelong Turbulation", and gypsy styled "Albino Trout".
J.D. joined the Rumpke Mountain Boys in November of 2011, playing his first gig as the full time upright bassist November 13th in Boulder, CO. Since joining RMB JD has contributed to the growth and popularity of the band while composing a number of tracks for both Trashgrass and Moon.
In addition to his orchestral and ensemble compositions, J.D. has composed the following songs:
Soon Be Crows In The Garden(Solo Album):
Banks Of The River
Cross By Stream
Delivery Man Blues
Dreams Of Myself Dying
Pocket Of Marbles
Red Footed Genius
Ride Your Eye
Side Of The Road
This Blue Moon