Powell Flute, used by James Moody

Powell Flute, used by James Moody

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This flute was made by Verne Q. Powell Flutes Inc. in Maynard, Massachusetts, in 2006. It is a Boehm System Signature model flute, serial #SIG-1560, made of sterling silver. The flute is engraved:

[Powell logo]
Verne Q. Powell [signature]

This flute was previously owned and used by American jazz saxophone and flute player James Moody (1925-2010). He played in the U.S. Army Air Corp segregated band, and after his discharge in 1946, Moody performed with Dizzy Gillespie. Throughout his career, Moody performed and recorded with other jazz musicians, including Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Moody as leader of his own ensembles, performed and recorded from 1949 until his death in 2010.

Object Name
date made
Moody, James
Verne Q. Powell Flutes Inc.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Maynard
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 28 in x 2 in x 1 1/2 in; 71.12 cm x 5.08 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
serial number
Credit Line
Gift of Linda Moody
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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