Famed Jazz Saxophonist James Moody Succumbs To Cancer

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Saxophonist, flutist and composer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Moody[/lastfm] died in his home, Thursday, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. As the cancer progressed, Moody had chosen to decline radiation or chemotherapy.

Upon  Moody’s announcement that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, emails, well wishes and notes of love and support flooded his website.

Moody was born in Savannah, Georgia.

He later recorded his first album for Blue Note Records in 1948.

As an active member of the Baha’i Faith,  he believed to be as youthful as he perceived himself to be;  Moody was known to make friends where ever his jazz or experiences took him.

With his musical contributions to the world of jazz, it is not widely known that Moody was partially deaf.

As a result of the partial deafness, Moody was labeled mentally deficient and ordered to attend a school for the mentally disabled.

Soon afterward, his hearing problem was properly diagnosed and he then attended the Bruce Street School for the Deaf.

Moody was known for his signature collaborations with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dizzy Gillespie[/lastfm] .

He is best known for the 1949 hit “Moody’s Mood for Love”, which  became a classic American anthem.

Moody was 85 years old.

C.C. Mitchell

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