This is a video of James Moody performing Cherokee in Copenhagen circa 1968. Moody was born on March 28, 1925 in Savannah, GA. He played saxophone, but took up the flute and played in the US Air Force "Segregated" Band during the war. After the war, he played with Dizzy Gillespie and was featured on both saxophone and flute.
His first recording as a band leader was in 1948. He moved to Europe in the late 40's publicly stating that he was scared to death of racism in the USA. He moved back to the USA in 1952. Over the course of his career, he made 17 recording as a band leader, playing flute and alto and baritone sax. He has appeared on many other records and his warm tone and style even in the hard bop jazz genre in which he first was heard led to his early acknowledgment as one of the masters of modern jazz.
Moody was performing until last, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He opted not to have it treated aggressively and died today, December 10, 2010 at the age of 85....
As Georgie Fame crooned in his 1964 song Moody's Mood years ago..".James Moody! You can blow now if you want to....."