Personalities | Zoot Sims | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor, soprano and alto saxophones, 1925–85)

John ‘Zoot’ Sims performed in the family vaudeville act as a child and was a professional musician at 15. His Lester Young-derived tenor sound and artful improvisations were heard to advantage in large and small bands. He worked with Benny Goodman intermittently over four decades, and was part of Woody Herman’s famous ‘Four Brothers’ saxophone section (1947–49). His small groups included stints with Gerry Mulligan (1954–56) and tenor saxophonist Al Cohn, a partnership resumed on many occasions.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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