Personalities | James Moody | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor and alto saxophone, flute, b. 1925)

James Moody was one of the strongest performers to double on flute in jazz, and was a resourceful and inventive improviser on all his horns. He joined Dizzy Gillespie from the US Air Force in 1946. A recording of ‘I’m In The Mood For Love’ (1949), made while living in Europe from 1948–51, brought him to a wider audience. He led his own bands in the US from the early 1950s, including a popular septet featuring vocalist Eddie Jefferson (1953–62), in which he often sang a passage of the lyrics in falsetto. Moody continues to tour and record.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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