The sound of surprise—that’s the phrase New Yorker music critic Whitney Balliet once used to describe the art of jazz, and surprise captures the essence of pianist Khalid Moss! Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Dayton, Moss has played alongside such jazz luminaries as Betty Carter, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, and Dayton’s own Bobbie Nell Brookshire. His pianism has been described as slashing with daring improvisational moves. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and Ohio University, Moss was artistic director for the Dayton Art Institute’s Just Jazz series from 1996 until 2011. He also was an emcee and artistic director for Women in Jazz annually sponsored by the City of Dayton. Always eager to share the uniquely American art form of jazz with young people as well as interested listeners of all ages, Khalid Moss wrote about jazz for the Dayton Daily News and Down Beat Magazine. He currently covers the local jazz scene for Dayton City Paper. He has also taught jazz piano and composition at the University of Dayton. A recipient of the Individual Artist Award in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District in 2004, Khalid Moss has been honored with a “star” on North Main Street in the Santa Clara arts district. In 2011, he performed his tribute to Artist Romare Beardon with a multi- media installation using live music, color slides of a collection of Beardon’s work, and a live visual artist at the Martin Luther King Center in Columbus, Ohio. This followed his popular tribute to Duke Ellington, “Takin’ the A Train to Heaven” performed at St. Margarets Episcopal Church, Central State University, Zion Baptist Church, and the Dayton Art Institute where it broke records for attendance. Moss performs with many regional musicians including Eddie Brookshire, Mike Wade, Melvin Broach, Art Gore, Jim Anderson, Eddie Bayard and many others. He is musical director for Cincinnati vocalist Kathy Wade. Ever the consummate musician and performer, this Dayton Original has been featured on stages throughout  Europe, Africa, Scandinavia, Southwest Ohio, Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and at the Reagan White House in a tribute to Lionel Hampton!