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James Moody

  • Birth 26 Mar 1925 Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 9 Dec 2010 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 62762434

Musician. Born James McLane Moody, he was a celebrated jazz saxophonist and flutist best known for his solo improvisation classic, "Moody's Mood for Love". After serving in a US Army Air Force band during World War II, he briefly teamed with Dizzy Gillespie and then made a recording with his own group, "James Moody and His Bebop Men", in 1946. In the late 1940s he moved to Europe, where he performed with artists Count Basie, Don Byas, and Miles Davis, and recorded his version of "I'm in the Mood for Love" (1952). Resettling in New York City in the mid-1950s, for next five decades he played in various ensembles and made a series of recordings for Argo with his James Moody Quartet. He was also a founding member of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra, which performed at jazz festivals worldwide until Gillespie's death in 1993. He was a multiple Grammy Award nominee and was chosen an NEA Jazz Master in 1998. Cause of death: cancer.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 10 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62762434
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Moody (26 Mar 1925–9 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62762434, citing Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .