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Jared Sims

JARED SIMS performs on all of the saxophones as well as clarinet and flute. He has toured throughout the United States and in Europe, South America, Asia and India. Sims has performed live with an array of artists that include Han Bennink, Cecil McBee, Bob Brookmeyer, Stefon Harris, Landau Eugene Murphy, Temptations, Four Tops, Melvin Sparks, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), DJ Logic, Kiddus I, Matisyahu, the 10,000 Maniacs, and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). Sims has also performed with large ensembles such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He has been involved in jazz recording projects with Antonio Sanchez, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Cecil McBee, and Matt Wilson. Sims has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Cleveland'sTri-C Jazz Festival, Flint (Michigan) Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston), New Haven (Connecticut) Jazz Festival, Quito Jazz Festival (Ecuador), Telluride (Colorado) Jazz Festival, and Northsea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. Sims has appeared on more than 40 different recordings crossing multiple genres. His jazz recordings include Change of Address (2017 on Ropeadope Records) Layers (2016), The New Stablemates (2012 on Arabesque Records), Convergence (released in 2011), and Acoustic Shadow (released in 2009). He other recorded work includes music for theme parks, television commercials, and video games. Sims has performed on three recordings that were awarded four stars in DownBeat Magazine – Blueprint Project featuring Cecil McBee and Matt Wilson, People I Like with Han Bennink, and the Dead Cat Bounce recording Home Speaks to the Wandering. Sims has been an adjudicator and directed All State bands in several states. He has given clinics and master classes at the U.S. Navy International Saxophone Symposium, Cornell University, New Hampshire All State, Emerson College, the U.S. Navy Base in Norfolk, Universidad San Francisco De Quito (Ecuador), Boston Day and Evening Academy, Maine All-State Jazz Festival, and St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada).

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”Trust me when I say: Sims is a real find. One of the most exciting saxophonists — and band leaders — I have heard in a long time. His compositions are faultless too.” -Music Republic Magazine

Jared Sims has “got his game together, as Change of Address makes perfectly clear. West Virginia University is lucky to have him at the helm of its jazz studies program now.” -All About Jazz

Jared Sims “plays with power and tremendous dexterity.” -thejazzpage.com ”Warm, agile sound” -Artsfuse.org ”Rugged, energetic playing” -Jazz and Blues Report “Jared's baritone pushes it all ahead with a stock of good ideas in a post-Pepper-Adams andbeyond mode

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

I am the Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University and taught previously at University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and Southern New Hampshire University. https://www.music.wvu.edu/jazz

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Discography

The New Stablemates

The New Stablemates

Arabesque Jazz
2012

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People I Like

Creative Nation Music
2007

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