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Zoot Sims

John Haley "Zoot" Sims (October 29, 1925 – March 23, 1985) was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor but also alto (and, later, soprano) saxophone. He first gained attention in the "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman's big band, afterward enjoying a long solo career, often in partnership with fellow saxmen Gerry Mulligan and Al Cohn, and the trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 29th, 1925 (Inglewood), Died March 23rd, 1985 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1967

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 75639 12/30/1949 Orinoco Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 75640 12/30/1949 Mucha de nada Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 75641 1/3/1950 Love is the sweetest thing-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 75642 1/3/1950 I get a kick out of you-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 75679 1/6/1950 Love walked in-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 75680 1/6/1950 So easy-2 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84709 6/12/1953 Big boat whistle Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84710 6/12/1953 Cecilia Bunny Briggs ; Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84711 6/12/1953 Eh là bas Bunny Briggs ; Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84712 6/12/1953 Margie Bunny Briggs ; Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102100 3/26/1957 You're a lucky guy Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102101 3/26/1957 Halley's comet Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102102 3/26/1957 Chasin' the blues Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102103 3/26/1957 Two funky people-1 Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 102104 3/26/1957 The wailing boat Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102105 3/26/1957 Brandy and beer Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102106 3/27/1957 Gone with the wind Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102107 3/27/1957 Just you, just me Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102108 3/27/1957 It's a wonderful world Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102148 4/2/1957 My sweetie went away Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102149 4/2/1957 Am I blue? Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102150 4/3/1957 See here Miss Bromley Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102151 4/3/1957 Poor Dr. Millmoss Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102152 4/3/1957 All too soon Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102153 4/4/1957 Minor matters Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102154 4/4/1957 Latined fractured Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102155 4/4/1957 Blues from Neither Coast Manny Albam and the Jazz Greats of our Time instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104093 1/20/1958 Summer love Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104094 1/20/1958 Sweet Sue Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104095 1/20/1958 Tonight Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104096 1/20/1958 Blues for Terrisita Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104097 1/23/1958 The gypsy Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 104098 1/23/1958 Witchcraft Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 104099 1/23/1958 Pastel blue Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 104100 1/23/1958 Lazy afternoon Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 104174 1/24/1958 Clap yo hands Jean "Toots" Thielemans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104175 1/24/1958 Them there eyes Jean "Toots" Thielemans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104176 1/24/1958 Early Autumn Jean "Toots" Thielemans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104177 1/24/1958 You took advantage of me Jean "Toots" Thielemans instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 112429 8/1/1962 Moonlight becomes you Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112430 8/1/1962 Blue star Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112431 8/1/1962 Moonglow Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112432 8/2/1962 Polka dots and moonbeams Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112433 8/2/1962 Moon of Manakoora Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112434 8/2/1962 It's so peaceful in the country Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112435 8/2/1962 Moon over Miami Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112436 8/2/1962 Moonlight cocktail Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112437 8/2/1962 Count every star Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112438 8/2/1962 When day is done Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112439 8/2/1962 Moonlight on the Ganges Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 112440 8/2/1962 Clair de lune Charlie Spivak Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 113530 5/23/1963 Soft winds Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113531 5/23/1963 'Round midnight (MC 3183 MCA2-4063) Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113532 5/23/1963 Bottoms up Gene Roland ; Gene Roland instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113533 5/23/1963 A stranger in town Gene Roland instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113534 5/23/1963 The gold dust twins Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113535 5/24/1963 Suzie's theme Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113536 5/24/1963 Foofnik Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113537 5/24/1963 A smooth one Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113538 5/24/1963 The wrong blues Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 113539 5/24/1963 The great lie Gene Roland ; Clark Terry instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 118999 5/26/1967 Day by day Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119000 5/26/1967 Que se vaya Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119001 5/26/1967 My heart loves the samba Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119002 5/26/1967 Meditation (Meditaçao) Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119003 5/26/1967 How insensitive (Insensatez) Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119031 6/7/1967 Now I know the feeling Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119032 6/7/1967 Como va Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119033 6/7/1967 Brasilville Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119034 6/7/1967 Teach me tonight Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119035 6/7/1967 Forgetting you Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119060 6/16/1967 Forgetting you Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 119092 6/16/1967 My heart loves the samba Bill Potts Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8102 1/6/1955 Symphony in F minor: 1. Sonata Allegro John Graas instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8103 1/6/1955 Symphony in F minor: 2. Scherzo John Graas instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 8104 1/6/1955 The Charleston John Graas instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11452 3/30/1959 Let's get away from it all-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca L 11453 3/30/1959 Willow weep for me-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sims, Zoot," accessed October 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102938.

Sims, Zoot. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102938.

"Sims, Zoot." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

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