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Overview (3)

Born in Savannah, Georgia, USA
Died in San Diego, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Nickname Moody

Mini Bio (1)

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 Mood for Love", his take on the standard "I'm In The Mood For Love". He continued his association with Gillespie, and also headlined his own band. In 1985, he received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance on Manhattan Transfer's "Vocalese" album. A jazz stalwart for several decades, Moody is still active in the field, and is proficient on tenor, alto and soprano sax as well as the flute.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jane Margaret Laight

Spouse (4)

Linda Peterson McGowan (3 April 1989 - 9 December 2010) (his death) (1 child)
Linda Moody (3 April 1989 - present)
Margena Moody (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Liinda McGowan (? - 9 December 2010) (his death)

Trivia (9)

Jazz saxophonist and flutist credited as one of the creators of the bebop style.
Jazz alto saxophonist.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.
He was awarded the Jazz Master in 1998 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
He is survived by his second wife, Linda Peterson McGowan; three sons, Patrick Moody, Regan Moody, and Danny McGowan Moodyl and a daughter, Michelle Moody Bagdanove; a brother, Louis Watters; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He played with Dizzy Gillespie in 1946 until 1948 and again in 1963 until 1969.
His musical career was disrupted by alcoholism twice in 1948 where he recovered in Paris, France until 1951 and again in 1958 after a fire destroyed a Philadelphia nightclub. He checked into the Overbrook psychiatric hospital in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.
Son of James Moody and Ruby Moody. He was raised in Newark, New Jersey. He played with the all African American Army Air Forces band during World War II and was discharged in 1946.
Had a cameo appearance in 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' as a porter who walks an imaginary dog. His only line, "Yessir. Patrick do like his morning walk".

Personal Quotes (4)

I've always wanted to be around people who know more than me because that way I keep learning.
Blessed are those that run around in circles for they shall be called big wheels!
The reason I went to Las Vegas was because I was married and had a daughter and I wanted to grow up with my kid. I was married before and I didn't grow up with the kids. So I said 'I'm going to really be a father.' I did much better with this one because at least I stayed until my daughter was 12 years old. And that's why I worked Vegas, because I could stay in one spot.
I'm not a flute player. I'm a flute holder.

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