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San Diego Jazz Giant Dies



    James Moody performing onstage at the ASCAP Pied Piper award celebration in honor of Quincy Jones at the Nokia Theatre on April 22, 2008, in New York City.

    A giant in the world of jazz has died.

    Saxophonist James Moody, who called San Diego home, died on Thursday.
    His death came after a nearly year-long battle with pancreatic cancer, and only a week after he won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. It was the fourth time he had been nominated in the category.

    Moody worked with many of the greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and BB King.

    The saxophonist was 85 years old at the time of his death. The North County Times reported that Moody had elected not to undergo radiation or chemotherapy to battle the disease.