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.
Grammy: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group:4B on
IPO Recordings – (2010))
Harvard University Jazz Master 2010: Harvard College, Drew Faust, President, Cambridge, Massachusetts, – (March 10, 2010))
Grammy Nominee: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, from Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz