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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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Jersey Boys Soundtrack
This Christmas Soundtrack
Fat Albert Soundtrack


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 2018 The Mule (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
 2016 I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott (Documentary) ("Everybody's Somebody's Fool")
 2015 Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry (Documentary) (performer: "Stitt's Tune", "I See With My Third 'I'")
 2014 Jersey Boys (writer: "Moody's Mood")
 2010 Chuck Brown: We Got This (Video) (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
 2007 This Christmas (performer: "Moody's Mood for Love") / (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
 2006 American Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Top 20 Performance Show: Part 2 (Guys) (2006) ... (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
 2004 Fat Albert (writer: "Moody's Mood for Love")
 2002 Put Your Hands Up!: The Tribute Concert to Chuck Brown (Video) (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing / Midnight Sun / Moody's Mood for Love / Woody Woodpecker theme)
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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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 2016 The Miles Davis Documentary (TV Movie documentary)
 2016 I Go Back Home: Jimmy Scott (Documentary)
 1990 Grammy Legends (TV Special)
 1984 Olympic Gala (TV Special documentary)
Himself - 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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 2011 The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)
Himself - In Memoriam

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Other Works:

Album: "Moody 4B". NOTE: Nominated for a Grammy award. See more »

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

James 'West Sider' Moody

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I'm not a flute player. I'm a flute holder. See more »


He played with Dizzy Gillespie in 1946 until 1948 and again in 1963 until 1969. See more »



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