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James Moody

Primary Instrument: Reeds

Born: March 26, 1925 | Died: December 9, 2010    

James Moody

For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody's Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I'm in the Mood for Love.

Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 26, 1925, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, James Moody took up the alto sax, a gift from his uncle, at the age of 16. Within a few years he fell under the spell of the deeper more full- bodied tenor saxophone after hearing Buddy Tate and Don Byas perform with the Count Basie Band at the Adams Theater in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1946, following service in the United States Air Force, Moody joined the seminal bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie, beginning an association that - on stage and record, in orchestras and small combos - afforded a young Moody worldwide exposure and ample opportunity to shape his improvisational genius. Upon joining Gillespie, Moody was at first awed, he now admits, by the orchestra's incredible array of talent, which included Milt Jackson, Kenny Clark, Ray Brown, Thelonius Monk. The encouragement of the legendary trumpeter-leader, made his mark on the young saxophonist. His now legendary 16-bar solo on Gillespie's Emanon alerted jazz fans to an emerging world-class soloist....
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  • Moody 4B

    IPO Recordings
    2010
  • 4A

    IPO Recordings
    2009
  • Our Delight: Hank Jones and James Moody

    IPO Recordings
    2009
  • Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All Stars

    Monterey Jazz Festival Records
    2008
  • Our Delight

    IPO Recordings
    2008
  • Hey! It's James Moody

    Lone Hill Jazz
    2006
  • James Moody

    Warner Bros. Records
    2004
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