It was a dream concert! NEA Jazz Master James Moody was saxophone soloist with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra which includes many of Seattle’s top jazz players, co-led by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman. Moody was in brilliant form as always, pouring forth brilliant inspired solos as he has since he first drew attention when he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1946 as they were ushering in the Bop era. Diz and Moody were life-long friends and musical compatriots, and Moody still performs with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and alumni bands.

We recorded Moody and the SRJO before a cheering capacity audience at the Kirkland Performance Center and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to present excerpts from this unique concert on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, November 9 on 88-5, KPLU.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for KPLU. It airs every Sunday at 1:00pm on KPLU 88.5fm and online at

Listen to an audio preview below …