ZOOT SIMS

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John Haley "Zoot" Sims (October 29, 1925 - March 23, 1985) was an American jazz saxophonist.

He was born in Inglewood, California. Sims' family was involved in vaudeville, and, for his part, John learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. Zoot's father was a vaudeville hoofer, and Zoot 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, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and Buddy Rich. He was known among his peers as one of the strongest swingers in the field. Sims frequently led his own combos and sometimes toured with his friend Gerry Mulligan with Gerry's sextet, and later with his Concert Jazz Band. Zoot had a long, successful partnership as co-leader of a quintet with Al
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If I'm LuckyIf I'm Lucky
Original Jazz Classics 1992
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Zoot at EaseZoot at Ease
Progressive Records 1999
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Warm TenorWarm Tenor
Pablo 1990
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12 Classic Albums: 1956-196212 Classic Albums: 1956-1962
Enlightenment 2015
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Quietly There: Zoot Sims Plays Johnny MandelQuietly There: Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel
Original Jazz Classics 1993
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In CopenhagenIn Copenhagen
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Mobile Fidelity 1997
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Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers [Remastered]Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers [Remastered]
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Original Jazz Classics 2013
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ZOOT SIMS Discography

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ZOOT SIMS Swingin' With Zoot Sims album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swingin' With Zoot Sims
Cool Jazz 1951
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims Tenor Sax Favorites album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims Tenor Sax Favorites
Cool Jazz 1951
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims All Stars : Contemporary Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims All Stars : Contemporary Music
Cool Jazz 1953
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Goes To Town: Jazz Time Paris, Vol. 8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Goes To Town: Jazz Time Paris, Vol. 8
Cool Jazz 1953
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims in Hollywood (aka Good Old Zoot aka Zoot Sims Quartet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims in Hollywood (aka Good Old Zoot aka Zoot Sims Quartet)
Cool Jazz 1954
ZOOT SIMS The Modern Art of Jazz (aka The Art Of Jazz aka September In The Rain) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Modern Art of Jazz (aka The Art Of Jazz aka September In The Rain)
Cool Jazz 1956
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims ave Henri Renaud et son orchestre et Jon Eardley (aka Starring Zoot Sims aka Zoot Sims In Paris aka Zoot Sims In Paris - 1956 aka American Swinging In Paris) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims ave Henri Renaud et son orchestre et Jon Eardley (aka Starring Zoot Sims aka Zoot Sims In Paris aka Zoot Sims In Paris - 1956 aka American Swinging In Paris)
Cool Jazz 1956
ZOOT SIMS Tonite's Music Today (with Bobby Brookmeyer) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tonite's Music Today (with Bobby Brookmeyer)
Cool Jazz 1956
ZOOT SIMS Quartets (aka Trotting!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quartets (aka Trotting!)
Cool Jazz 1956
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims Quartet : Zoot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims Quartet : Zoot
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims Goes To Jazzville (aka The Big Stampede) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims Goes To Jazzville (aka The Big Stampede)
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims, Henri Renaud ‎: Night session in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims, Henri Renaud ‎: Night session in Paris
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Whooeee (aka Morning Fun) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whooeee (aka Morning Fun)
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims Plays 4 Altos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims Plays 4 Altos
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Zoot! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot!
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Plays Alto, Tenor And Baritone (aka Good Old Zoot) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Alto, Tenor And Baritone (aka Good Old Zoot)
Cool Jazz 1957
ZOOT SIMS Stretching Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stretching Out
Cool Jazz 1959
ZOOT SIMS Down Home (aka Jive At Five) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down Home (aka Jive At Five)
Cool Jazz 1960
ZOOT SIMS New Beat Bossa Nova Means the Samba Sings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Beat Bossa Nova Means the Samba Sings
Bossa Nova 1962
ZOOT SIMS New Beat Bossa Nova Means the Samba Swings - Vol 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Beat Bossa Nova Means the Samba Swings - Vol 2
Bossa Nova 1962
ZOOT SIMS Waiting Game album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Waiting Game
Cool Jazz 1966
ZOOT SIMS First Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Recordings
Cool Jazz 1970
ZOOT SIMS Zoot at Ease (aka Down Home) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot at Ease (aka Down Home)
Cool Jazz 1973
ZOOT SIMS Nirvana (with Bucky Pizzarelli) (aka Featuring Buddy Rich aka I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 73 aka Send In The Clowns aka Somebody Loves Me aka Summer Thing) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nirvana (with Bucky Pizzarelli) (aka Featuring Buddy Rich aka I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 73 aka Send In The Clowns aka Somebody Loves Me aka Summer Thing)
Cool Jazz 1974
ZOOT SIMS Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Party
Cool Jazz 1974
ZOOT SIMS The Tenor Giants Featuring Oscar Peterson Trio  (with Eddie Lockjaw Davis) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tenor Giants Featuring Oscar Peterson Trio (with Eddie Lockjaw Davis)
Cool Jazz 1975
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers
Cool Jazz 1975
ZOOT SIMS Soprano Sax album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soprano Sax
Cool Jazz 1976
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims With Bucky Pizzarelli (aka Summum) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims With Bucky Pizzarelli (aka Summum)
Cool Jazz 1976
ZOOT SIMS If I'm Lucky (with Jimmy Rowles) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
If I'm Lucky (with Jimmy Rowles)
Cool Jazz 1977
ZOOT SIMS Hawthorne Nights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hawthorne Nights
Cool Jazz 1977
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims, Dick Nash ‎: Nash-Ville album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims, Dick Nash ‎: Nash-Ville
Cool Jazz 1977
ZOOT SIMS Dream Dancing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dream Dancing
Cool Jazz 1977
ZOOT SIMS Air Mail Special album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Air Mail Special
Cool Jazz 1978
ZOOT SIMS Warm Tenor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warm Tenor
Cool Jazz 1979
ZOOT SIMS Suitably Zoot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suitably Zoot
Cool Jazz 1979
ZOOT SIMS Eastern Flight (with Featuring Buddy Rich) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eastern Flight (with Featuring Buddy Rich)
Cool Jazz 1980
ZOOT SIMS Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington
Cool Jazz 1980
ZOOT SIMS The Swinger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Swinger
Cool Jazz 1981
ZOOT SIMS I Wish I Were Twins album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Wish I Were Twins
Cool Jazz 1981
ZOOT SIMS The Innocent Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Innocent Years
Cool Jazz 1982
ZOOT SIMS Blues For Two (with Joe Pass) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Blues For Two (with Joe Pass)
Cool Jazz 1983
ZOOT SIMS Suddenly It's Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suddenly It's Spring
Cool Jazz 1983
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There album cover 4.43 | 3 ratings
Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There
Cool Jazz 1984
ZOOT SIMS In a Sentimental Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In a Sentimental Mood
Cool Jazz 1985
ZOOT SIMS The Zoot Sims Al Cohn Septet ‎: Happy Over Hoagy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Zoot Sims Al Cohn Septet ‎: Happy Over Hoagy
Cool Jazz 1987
ZOOT SIMS For Lady Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Lady Day
Cool Jazz 1991

ZOOT SIMS EPs & splits

ZOOT SIMS live albums

ZOOT SIMS Jazz Alive! A Night At The Half Note (with Al Cohn / Phil Woods) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Alive! A Night At The Half Note (with Al Cohn / Phil Woods)
Cool Jazz 1959
ZOOT SIMS Either Way (with Al Cohn with Cecil Collier) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Either Way (with Al Cohn with Cecil Collier)
Cool Jazz 1961
ZOOT SIMS Zoot At Ronnie Scott's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot At Ronnie Scott's
Cool Jazz 1961
ZOOT SIMS Choice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Choice
Cool Jazz 1961
ZOOT SIMS Solo For Zoot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo For Zoot
Cool Jazz 1962
ZOOT SIMS Cookin'! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cookin'!
Cool Jazz 1962
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims in Paris
Cool Jazz 1963
ZOOT SIMS On The Trail album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On The Trail
Cool Jazz 1978
ZOOT SIMS On The Korner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On The Korner
Hard Bop 1994
ZOOT SIMS 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Live" In Philly
Cool Jazz 1998
ZOOT SIMS It Had To Be You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It Had To Be You
Cool Jazz 2000
ZOOT SIMS At The Half Note (aka Live at The Half Note Again!) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Half Note (aka Live at The Half Note Again!)
Cool Jazz 2000
ZOOT SIMS At E.J.'s - Atlanta, GA album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At E.J.'s - Atlanta, GA
Cool Jazz 2003
ZOOT SIMS Live At Falcon Lair (with Joe Castro Trio) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Falcon Lair (with Joe Castro Trio)
Cool Jazz 2004
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Suite
Cool Jazz 2007
ZOOT SIMS In Copenhagen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Copenhagen
Hard Bop 2007
ZOOT SIMS Love for Sale: Live in Dublin 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love for Sale: Live in Dublin 1978
Cool Jazz 2007
ZOOT SIMS 5658 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
5658
Cool Jazz 2008
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims With The Lighthouse Allstars 1954 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims With The Lighthouse Allstars 1954
Cool Jazz 2009
ZOOT SIMS Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 1
Cool Jazz 2009
ZOOT SIMS Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 2
Cool Jazz 2009
ZOOT SIMS Live In Louisville 1968 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Louisville 1968
Cool Jazz 2011
ZOOT SIMS Live In Yamagata Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Yamagata Vol. 1
Cool Jazz 2011
ZOOT SIMS Live In Yamagata Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Yamagata Vol. 2
Cool Jazz 2011
ZOOT SIMS Baden-Baden – June 23, 1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baden-Baden – June 23, 1958
Bop 2012
ZOOT SIMS At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Birdland
Cool Jazz 2013
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims / Jimmy Rowles Quartet ‎: Live In San Francisco 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims / Jimmy Rowles Quartet ‎: Live In San Francisco 1978
Cool Jazz 2014

ZOOT SIMS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ZOOT SIMS re-issues & compilations

ZOOT SIMS That Old Feeling album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
That Old Feeling
Cool Jazz 1956
ZOOT SIMS Otra Vez album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Otra Vez
Cool Jazz 1972
ZOOT SIMS Zootcase album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zootcase
Bop 1975
ZOOT SIMS Brother in Swing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brother in Swing
Cool Jazz 1979
ZOOT SIMS Somebody Loves Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Somebody Loves Me
Cool Jazz 1987
ZOOT SIMS As Time Goes By: The Rare Dawn Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As Time Goes By: The Rare Dawn Sessions
Cool Jazz 1991
ZOOT SIMS East Coast Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
East Coast Sounds
Cool Jazz 1999
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims et Henri Renaud [Jazz in Paris No. 25] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims et Henri Renaud [Jazz in Paris No. 25]
Cool Jazz 2000
ZOOT SIMS The Hoagy Carmichael Sessions and More (w. Al Cohn) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hoagy Carmichael Sessions and More (w. Al Cohn)
Cool Jazz 2004
ZOOT SIMS The Complete 1944 - 1954 Small Group Sessions Master Takes Vol.2 1950-1951 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1944 - 1954 Small Group Sessions Master Takes Vol.2 1950-1951
Cool Jazz 2004
ZOOT SIMS Four Classic Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Classic Albums
Cool Jazz 2010
ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims & Dick Nash Octet : Compatability album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zoot Sims & Dick Nash Octet : Compatability
Cool Jazz 2013
ZOOT SIMS 7 Classic Albums album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
7 Classic Albums
Cool Jazz 2013
ZOOT SIMS At Ronnie Scott's 1961: The Complete Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Ronnie Scott's 1961: The Complete Recordings
Cool Jazz 2014
ZOOT SIMS Gold in the Shadow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gold in the Shadow
Cool Jazz 2014
ZOOT SIMS 12 Classic Albums: 1956-1962 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
12 Classic Albums: 1956-1962
Cool Jazz 2015

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ZOOT SIMS Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There

Album · 1984 · Cool Jazz
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If sheer talent and absolutely stunning musicianship was a perquisite for popularity this would of made number one in 1984 but alas more than likely just a handful of old blokes with Johnny Mandel heard this album, Zoot Sims plays Johnny Mandel, “Quietly There”. Johnny Mandel is still going and is a young 89 currently but he is one of those in the music world who most would not recognise but they all sure have heard his music. Johnny is best known for his composition with the television show MASH and it’s opening number “Suicide Is Painless” but there is a lot more to him than just that. Johnny Mandel played bass trumpet for Zoot during the fifties over on the West Coast but that was not the only instrument that he played with trombone, trumpet and piano also being in his skills. He has arranged for so many musicians including another arranger Quincy Jones ( Grammy “Velas” 1981) with also Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole ( Grammy “Unforgettable” with Nat,1991), Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Diana Krall and the list goes on. Bill Evans (pianist) included Johnny’s composition “Emily” on his album “Further Conversations With Myself” with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet also giving the song a take (Lyrics Johnny Mercer). Soundtracks were another area that Johnny excelled with contributions to over thirty productions including picking up an Academy Award (1965) for his tune from The Sandpiper, “The Shadow Of Your Smile”.

The band or Quintet comprise Zoot on tenor saxophone, Mike Wolford piano, organ (album does not list), Chuck Berghofer, bass with Nick Ceroli drumming and Victor Feldman only doing percussion and not piano. All of these musicians have a jaw dropping list of who they have played and appeared with, and have plenty of experience to contribute to the album’s input, just beautifully.

“Rissy” is first with Zoot coming straight in on this lovely mid tempo number in the opening theme and is followed by Zoot’s solo, when Mike Wolford introduces his contribution on piano it quickly flicks to organ ( not listed in album’s credits with Mike?)and back to his piano with Zoot contributing for the numbers end and theme. “A Time for Love” which many musicians listed above have covered is a lovely ballad with that Zoot fluidity that just seems to pour with every note beautifully inter-linked and not a spot out and when he hits that high and just drops back, does Jazz get any finer? “Cinnamon & Cloves” is just back to more of that superb Bop that Zoot could only play with another mid tempo composition that just not does have a flaw and quite a few little brilliant inputs to within Zoot’s solo and tune’s contribution with Mike Wolford’s piano just adding to this superbly played take. “Low Life”, “Zoot” with an obvious reference are other numbers included in the album with “Emily” following being another of those ballads comprising that Zoot fluid and is the longest composition within the album, running for just under ten minutes and another album highlight. The closing number on the record is the title “Quietly There” with even more beautiful West Coast sounding jazz and I am sure I am feeling a bit of ocean breeze with this one.

No new ground covered but “who cares” when Bop is played to such an extraordinarily beautiful high standard, as only a bunch of old blokes who have played this music all their life, can do. Sadly this was Zoot’s last album before his death the following year and quite a swan song it is. It is not often one can say this about artists last album’s and genuinely mean it. Also recommended from Zoot’s later period on the Pablo Label is his collaboration with Harry Sweet Edison “Just Friends”( !980). So “Who The Hell is Johnny Mandel”, well now you know.

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