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James Moody (I) (1925–2010)

A graduate of East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, James Moody took up the alto saxophone at the age of sixteen, and after serving in the U.S. Air Force Band, he joined Dizzy Gillespie and was associated with him and with Milt Jackson throughout the '40's; at the end of the decade he moved to Sweden where he became known for his "Moody's ... See full bio »

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 2007 This Christmas (performer: "Moody's Mood for Love") / (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
 2004 Fat Albert (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
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 2002 Usher: Evolution 8701: Live in Concert (Video)
Dancer (as James 'West Sider' Moody)
 2001 Soul Food (TV Series)
Uncle Melvin
- Ordinary Pain (2001) ... Uncle Melvin
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 2014 The Miles Davis Documentary (TV Movie documentary) (completed)
 1990 Grammy Legends (TV Special)
 1984 Olympic Gala (TV Special documentary)
The Olympic Jazz All Stars
 1980 From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music (TV Series)
- Episode dated 13 November 1980 (1980) ... Himself
 1946 Jivin' in Be-Bop (Documentary)

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Single: "Last Train from Overbrook". See more »

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James 'West Sider' Moody

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I've always wanted to be around people who know more than me because that way I keep learning. See more »


Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993. See more »



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