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For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody's Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I'm in the Mood for Love. Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 26, 1925, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, James Moody took up the alto sax, a gift from his uncle, at the age of 16. Within a few years he fell under the spell of the deeper more full- bodied tenor saxophone after hearing Buddy Tate and Don Byas perform with the Count Basie Band at the Adams Theater in Newark, New Jersey. In 1946, following service in the United States Air Force, Moody joined the seminal bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie, beginning an association that - on stage and record, in orchestras and small combos - afforded a young Moody worldwide exposure and ample opportunity to shape his improvisational genius


Miles Davis With Tadd Dameron Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: At The Royal Roost : Good Bait; Focus; April In Paris; Webb’s Delight; Milano, Casbah. In Paris: Rifftide; Good Bait; Don’t Blame Me; Wha Hoo; Allen’s Alley; Embraceable You; Ornithology; All The Things You Are.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz International: Part 2

Read "Jazz International: Part 2" reviewed by Monk Rowe


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Drummer Mecadon McCune

Read "Introducing Drummer Mecadon McCune" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Mecadon McCune has been immersed in music since he was born. His father is veteran jazz pianist Brandon McCune; his mother, Christine Clemmons-McCune, is an opera singer. “My dad made sure that I was learning piano since I was about four years old," he said, “but ...

News: Recording

Backgrounder: James Moody - Return From Overbrook

Backgrounder: James Moody - Return From Overbrook

This James Moody CD came out in 1996 and covered two great albums by the saxophonist and flutist—Last Train From Overbrook (tracks #1-10; recorded in 1958) and Flute 'N' the Blues (tracks #11-20; recorded in 1956). Both were released on Chess's Argo label. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Moody, these two albums are ...


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Jazz House Kids All-Stars

Read "Introducing Jazz House Kids All-Stars" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Bassist Laura Simone-Martin of Lawrenceville, NJ, is heading back to Carnegie Hall's NYO Jazz Program for the second consecutive year. “Last year," she said, “gave me that first-hand experience of what it is like being on the road for so long and how much energy goes ...


Article: Album Review

Roberta Gambarini: Easy To Love

Read "Easy To Love" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

In 2007, All About Jazz reviewer Michael Caratti wrote: “This debut outing from Roberta Gambarini sees the Italian-born jazz vocalist pair up with two star-studded rhythm sections and legendary tenor saxophonist James Moody, to present what has to be one of the best vocal jazz albums of the decade. Opening with Cole Porter's classic title track ...


Article: Book Review

The Rhythm of Unity: A Jazz Musician's Lifelong Journey Beyond Black and White

Read "The Rhythm of Unity: A Jazz Musician's Lifelong Journey Beyond Black and White" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

The Rhythm of Unity Mike and Dorothy Longo 237 Pages ISBN: 978-1956470741 Redwood 2023 Mike Longo was a distinguished pianist in spite of himself. He was a musicians' musician. He had little interest in celebrity. However much he needed to make a living, Mike spurned opportunities, like becoming Tony ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Heart The Jazz With Strings Genre + Porgy & Bess

Read "I Heart The Jazz With Strings Genre + Porgy & Bess" reviewed by David Brown

I heart the jazz with strings genre. Tonight, the most bizarre of these records, the great Johnny Hodges with Lawrence Welk's Orchestra. We then check our coats at the famed Chicago supper club Mr. Kelly's for some vocals from Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. Then, after a set of new releases including Chicago's Natural Information Society ...


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


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