James Moody
Saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers for over six decades. Born in Savannah, Georgia, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Moody took up the alto sax, a gift from his uncle, at the age of 16. In 1946, following service in the U.S. Air Force, Moody joined the seminal bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie. He recorded with Milt Jackson for Dial Records in 1947 and one year later made his recording debut as a leader in James Moody and His Bop Men. He rejoined Gillespie in 1963 for the remainder of the decade. In 1973 Moody had a seven-year stint in the Las Vegas Hilton Orchestra. On April 3, 1989 Moody’s bride Linda walked down the isle to Sweet and Lovely, while Gillespie served as best man for his longtime friend. Moody's 2004 release of Homage is a tribute to him, featuring tunes specially written for him by the likes of Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron,
and Herbie Hancock.