3 28 2005
131 W. 3rd St., near Sixth Ave. (212-475-8592)
Instrumental virtuosos aren’t always a serious lot; James
Moody delivers warped one-liners and surrealist anecdotes as easily
as he does serpentine bebop lines on the saxophone and flute.
A fleet alto saxophonist and a pensive soprano player, Moody produces
his most significant work when he turns to the tenor sax. On that
horn you can hear all that he’s absorbed, from his days
as a featured soloist in Dizzy Gillespie’s late-forties
big band, in Moody’s own funky ensembles of the fifties,
and back with Dizzy again as an integral component of the trumpeter’s
small group in the sixties. Since then, he has continued to investigate
the improvisational byways of modern jazz. Moody’s here
all week, celebrating his eightieth birthday with a few friends.
Opening night, March 22, finds him in the company of Cubop, which
unites the saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and the legendary
conguero Ray Barretto. March 23: Moody is joined by the vocalist
Roberta Gambarini and the trumpeter Roy Hargrove. March 24: The
trombonist Slide Hampton, the trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and the
saxophonist Frank Wess sit in. March 25: Moody, along with the
saxophonists Nathan Davis and Quamon Fowler, plays the music of
Grover Washington. March 26: The producer George Wein is the m.c.
for the evening. Expect special guests. March 27: The pianist
Kenny Barron closes things out.