This new recording is called “Moody 4B” and marks James Moody’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist. Joining him are pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Lewis Nash, and bassist Todd Coolman, Director of Jazz Studies at Purchase, who has been performing with Moody for over 25 years.
James Moody returned to the recording scene with his sixth appearance on IPO, Moody 4B, a swinging sequel to last year’s critically acclaimed Moody 4A. Made in New York City in July of 2008, the disc marks Moody’s 60th year as a recording artist. He was once again reunited with longtime friend and fellow NEA jazz master Kenny Barron. Joining the pair are bassist Todd Coolman, who Moody says “is like my right hand,” noting their 25 years of working together; and drummer Lewis Nash, who has played off and on with Moody over the years. “Choosing the music was a collaborative effort, I value everyone’s opinion and each musician had input and great suggestions. Of course, Kenny, Lewis and Todd are all masters in their own right and each always contributes greatly to any project in which they are involved,” said Moody.
Todd Coolman Associate Professor of Music and director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music is a Grammy award-winning bassist and among the more in-demand musicians on the New York scene today. He has recorded and performed with many of the greatest jazz artists and has recorded three CD’s as a leader. He is an educator, author, and an in demand clinician and lecturer at universities throughout the world and is frequently sought after as a writing and research consultant for jazz history and CD liner-note projects. He conducts several concerts each year of the Purchase Jazz Orchestra in The Performing Arts Center. This year’s concerts are on December 2 and April 20 at 7 PM in the PepsiCo Theatre. For tickets call 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org