Jesse “Jay” Moody, III
was born in Baltimore,
Maryland. At an early age he developed an interest in music and began
playing the drums at age nine. Jesse recalls, “I would bang
on anything… tables, windows, whatever could make a sound!” During
his public school years Jesse played in various funk and gospel groups.
Once he was enrolled at Towson State University in 1981 (now Towson
University) his whole musical world changed. Jesse quickly wanted
to learn jazz as the school had a reputation for having one of the
best jazz programs in the country. He recalls, “there were
such great musicians there at the time, like trumpeter Tommy Williams
, drummer Adrian Green, and bassist Paul Gill.
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