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Bill Moody, drummer/radio program host/novelist/writing teacher

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

Bill Moody

Dick Conte of KCSM (San Mateo) has reported the death of Bill Moody, a JJA member, jazz drummer, radio show host and author, on January 12, 2018. Bill was 76, and died at his home in Vallejo, California.

Writes Conte, with whom Moody performed in recent year, “Bill spent many years in Europe, Las Vegas and the S.F. Bay Area both playing and teaching creative writing. He authored books on jazz as well as several jazz pianist/detective crime novels with Evan Horne as the lead character.”

Titles of his seven Horne mysteries include Solo HandDeath of a Tenor Man about the murder of Wardell Gray, Looking for Chet Baker in which Horne researches facts of Baker’s unsolved demise, Sound of the Trumpet concerning the discovery of unknown tapes of Clifford Brown, and Bird Lives! featuring killings of smooth jazz players. Moody also wrote two spy novels and a non-fiction book The Jazz Exiles based on his years in Europe during the early ’60s.

Conte continued (in a note to the Yahoo Jazz-Research group), “Bill toured with Maynard Ferguson, Earl Hines, Lou Rawls, Junior Mance and many others. Since the late 90’s, Bill has been performing in the Bay Area with [me], Dick Fregulia, and with Terry Henry every Sunday at the Valona Deli in Crockett, where there will be a musical tribute on Sunday 2/11 at 5 pm.” Moody grew up in Santa Monica, studied at Berklee, spent 20 years residing in Las Vegas, taught at University of Nevada and Sonoma State University. The JJA adds its condolences to his friends and family. 

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