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Zoot Sims

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: October 29, 1925 | Died: March 23, 1985    

John Haley “Zoot” Sims was born in Inglewood, California. Growing up in a vaudeville family, Sims learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. His father was a vaudeville hoofer, and Sims prided himself on remembering many of the steps his father taught him.

Following in the footsteps of Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands, including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich. Sims was also one of Woody Herman's “Four Brothers”, and he was known among his peers as one of the strongest swingers in the field....
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    Compatibility

    Delmark Records
    2014
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    Lost Tapes: Baden-Baden - June 23, 1958

    Zoot
    2012
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    Los Angeles 1959

    Zoot
    2010
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    With Bucky Pizzarelli

    Classic Jazz Records
    2009
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    Stretching Out

    Zoot
    2009
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    Four Classic Albums

    Zoot
    2009
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    Blues And Haikus

    EMI Music
    2008
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