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November 4, 2010

Send James Moody Your Love


By George Varga (Originally posted on SignOnSanDiego)

Jazz saxophone legend James Moody, a San Diego resident for the past 21 years, has disclosed that he has had pancreatic cancer since at least February — and that he had decided not to receive any chemo therapy or radiation treatment.

At his behest, Moody’s condition was previously only shared with family members and some of his most trusted confidantes in the music world. Moody, 85, and his wife, Linda, decided to inform their friends and his fans of his condition in an e-mail letter she sent out earlier this morning.

“He and I agreed, after discussing it at length, that it was time to let people know about his situation,” Linda Moody said, speaking by phone from the San Carlos home she and her husband have shared since they got married here in 1989.

A 1998 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ prestigious Jazz Master Award, Moody has performed three times at the White House and has been internationally hailed as one of the jazz world’s great musicians for more than 50 years.

“He’s about the music — all the time,” Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis said in an April Union-Tribune interview. “I’ve worked with Moody a lot and he’s just impeccable, his musicianship, his soul, his humor. He’s a titan of our music and I love him.”

“We decided to let people know about his condition now, mainly because I felt he should feel the love from people around the world whose lives he has touched,” said Linda Moody, who invited fans to e-mail her husband at:

Here is a great example of the genius of James Moody:

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