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Zoot Sims

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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Albums

Compatibility
Compatibility
Delmark Records
2014
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Lost Tapes:...
Zoot
2012
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Los Angeles 1959
Zoot
2010
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Stretching Out
Zoot
2009
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With Bucky Pizzarelli
With Bucky Pizzarelli
Classic Jazz Records
2009
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Four Classic Albums
Zoot
2009
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Videos

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