November 3rd, 2008
Saturday, November 1, Nordstrom Recital Hall/Benaroya Hall
Sunday, November 2, Kirkland Performance Center
Saxophonist, flautist, NEA Jazz Master,
and American institution James Moody teams up with the star-studded
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, co-led by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman, to explore the rich history of Moody’s work.
Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Moody took up the alto saxophone as teenager. In 1946, he joined the seminal Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, during which time he developed his improvisational skills and composed an impressive repertoire of work. He also appeared regularly with and wrote music for Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, and Oscar Peterson, among many other jazz luminaries.
Consistently ranked as one of the leading jazz artists of our time, Moody’s compositions reflect a resonance and wit that honor his bebop roots while blazing new musical paths. Today he is considered one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz.
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece band is made up of the region’s leading jazz instrumentalists, both young and old. Committed to presenting the great works of jazz, the SRJO’s repertoire is drawn from the past 100 years of jazz history, including works by Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. With this concert they continue this tradition by performing the compositions of James Moody.
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Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan, a photojournalist specializing in jazz photography, photojournalism and portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating award winning wedding photojournalism ranking him among the best Seattle wedding photographers.