There aren’t many of them left, the original bebop masters, and as one of those bold souls, Moody is a great treasure of American culture. Whether Moody is playing the soprano, alto, tenor, or flute, he does so with deep resonance and wit.
Moody was a charter member of Dizzy Gillespie’s 1948 groundbreaking bebop orchestra, playing alongside other greats like Kenny Clark, Ray Brown, Thelonious Monk and Milt Jackson. This led to a lifelong friendship and collaboration with Gillespie. Moody’s resume also includes a Grammy Award in 1985 for his playing on the Manhattan Transfer’s Vocalese album. Moody may be 83, but he still plays with the exuberance that has made him a household name for years.