Charles Moore's reputation in Detroit is as sparkling as his tone on both trumpet and flügelhorn, an approach that has been compared to vintage '60s-era Miles Davis. Unlike the latter superstar, Moore's energies in that and subsequent decades went into community support projects as well as blowing modern jazz solos. In 1964, Moore was one of a dozen important Detroit residents who founded the Detroit Artists' Workshop, a project that was described as "self-determination," simplified to "do-it-yourself" or just plain D.I.Y. by the time punkers got involved. Moore's associates in this venture included the poet and filmmaker Robin Eichele, poet George Tysh, and writer John Sinclair, just facing his first arrest for "sales and possession of marijuana."