Jazz Legend Saxophonist James Moody Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

San Diego, CA (AP) - Jazz saxophonist James Moody, who recorded more than 50 solo albums as well as songs with the likes of Dizzy
Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton and B.B. King, has died. He
was 85.

Moody's wife, Linda McGowan Moody, says he died Thursday at San
Diego Hospice after battling pancreatic cancer for 10 months.

Moody is best known for his 1949 hit "Moody's Mood for Love,"
an interpretation of the 1935 ballad "I'm in the Mood for Love."

Moody was nominated for four Grammies. He received a 1998
National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award and a 2007
Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Award.

Born in Savannah, Ga., Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie's all-star
big band in the 1940s en route to prominence as an entertainer.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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