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James Moody


JAMES MOODY (saxophonist, composer, bandleader ) was born on March 26, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia. Tenor master Moody, whose career spans six decades is perhaps best known for his tune “Moody’s Mood for Love” which improvises on the chord progressions of “I’m In the Mood for Love”. His talents first flourished when he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1946, the beginnings of a long musical partnership – reconnecting in the 1960s after leading his own groups and stays in Europe and Las Vegas. An expressive player on tenor, alto, soprano or flute, his love of playful exploration mixed with respect for tradition has made for his enduring stature.