James Moody passes to the Abha Kingdom

Moody & me at his 80th birthday

Jazz legend James Moody passed away Thursday 9 Dec, after a bout with cancer.  His wife Linda was with him and reported that Moody (as he preferred to be called) had the pleasure of seeing many family and friends before his passing and experienced the joyful arrival of his great grandson on Oct 22.

Here’s a link to a >> video with a recording << of one of his marevllous Jazz renditions.  Moody played with Dizzy Gillespie and many many other Jazz greats.  I had the pleasure of attending his 80th Birthday party (5 years ago) hosted by Bill Cosby. Moody played with the energy and precision of a man half his age.

I first met Moody about 14 years ago in CA when his wife Linda became my Real Estate agent. My heart goes out to her, and to the Baha’is who knew and loved him as a brother, and to the world of Jazz which has lost a giant.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist