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Zoot Sims

ts, 1925-1985 US, Inglewood, California
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. John Haley Sims

John Haley "Zoot" Sims (October 29, 1925 - March 23, 1985) was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor and soprano. He first gained attention in the "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman's big band, then went on to a long solo career often in partnership with fellow saxman Al Cohn or trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.

  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Alto sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Plays With
Al Cohn - Zoot Sims Quintet
Al Cohn Quintet
Al Cohn-Richie Kamuca Sextet
Alvino Rey Orchestra
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
Bill Evans Quintet
Billy Byers And His Orchestra
Buddy Rich Nonet
Chubby Jackson's Orchestra
Curtis Fuller's Quintet
Don Fagerquist Nonette
Elliot Lawrence And His Orchestra
George Williams And His Orchestra
Gerry Mulligan And His Sextet
Gerry Mulligan And The Sax Section
Gerry Mulligan Octet
John Benson Brooks Ensemble
Manny Albam And His Jazz Greats
Mulligan Mania
Pepper Adams Octet
Quincy Jones And His Orchestra
Shorty Rogers And His Augmented "Giants"
Shorty Rogers And His Orchestra
Sims-Brookmeyer Quintet
Stan Getz Tenor Sax Stars
Stan Levey Sextet
Teddy Charles And His Sextet
Tenor Conclave
The Elliot Lawrence Band
The Ernie Wilkins Orchestra
The Four Brothers
The Jazz Interactions Orchestra
The Louie Bellson Quintet
The Manhattan Jazz All Stars
The Teddy Charles Group
The Zoot Sims Al Cohn Septet
The Zoot Sims Quintet
The Zoot Sims-Russ Freeman Quintet
Tony Scott And His Orchestra
Woody Herman & The New Thundering Herd
Woody Herman & The Second Herd
Woody Herman And His Orchestra
Woody Herman And The Fourth Herd
Woody Herman And The Swingin' Herd
Woody Herman Octet
Woody Herman Sextet
Woody Herman's Big New Herd
Zoot Sims - Bob Brookmeyer Octet
Zoot Sims / Jimmy Rowles Quartet
Zoot Sims & Friends
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers
Zoot Sims & His Three Brothers
Zoot Sims All-Stars
Zoot Sims And His Orchestra
Zoot Sims Quartet
Zoot Sims Sextet
Zoot Sims-Kenny Drew Quartet
Zoot Sims/Dick Nash Octet
Akira Tana
Charlie Brown
Vi Velasco
Brasilia Nueve
Burgher Jones
Henri Renaud Et Son Orchestre
Benny Goodman Big Band
Teddy Charles And The All Stars
The Jazz Giants
Kai Winding All Stars
Absolutely All-star Seven
Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs
Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Sextet
The Porgy And Bess All-Stars
Saxes, Inc.
George Williams' Swinging Big Band
The All Stars
Shelly Manne Quartet
Thad Jones Ensemble*
Billy Byers e Sua Orquestra
Popular Tracks   
Evening In Paris on Zoot Sims avec Henri Renaud et son orchestre by Zoot Sims
How Deep Is The Ocean on Interplay [Box Set] by John Coltrane
Too Close For Comfort on Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims by Jutta Hipp & Zoot Sims
Violets For Your Furs on Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims by Jutta Hipp & Zoot Sims
My Old Flame on Zoot Sims avec Henri Renaud et son orchestre by Zoot Sims
It Had To Be You - Live At The Half Note, NYC, 1959 on Jazz Alive! A Night At The Half Note by Zoot Sims, Al Cohn & Phil Woods
How Long Has This Been Going On? on Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers by Zoot Sims
Down Home on Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims by Jutta Hipp & Zoot Sims
Blinuet on Blinuet by Zoot Sims
Low Life on Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There by Zoot Sims

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Brother In SwingZoot Sims2017Album
12 Classic Albums: 1956-1962Zoot Sims2015Compil.
At Ronnie Scott's 1961Zoot Sims2014Album
Zoot Sims And The Gershwin BrothersZoot Sims2013Album
Seven Classic AlbumsZoot Sims2013Album
Zoot Sims In ParisZoot Sims2013Album
At BirdlandZoot Sims2013Album
CompatabilityZoot Sims2013Compil.
Baden-Baden – June 23, 1958Zoot Sims2012Album
Star Eyes: Live in Amsterdam 1958Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Phineas Newborn Jr., Red Garland, Oscar Pettiford2012Compil.
Live In Yamagata Vol. 1Zoot Sims2011Album
Plays Alto, Tenor And BaritoneZoot Sims2011Single
Live In Yamagata Vol. 2Zoot Sims2011Album
Down HomeZoot Sims2010Album
Rare And Unissued 1955-56 BroadcastsGerry Mulligan And His Sextet / Gerry Mulligan Quartet With Bob Brookmeyer & Zoot Sims2010Compil.
Los Angeles 1959Zoot Sims Meets Lambert, Hendricks & Ross2010Compil.
GreetingsLouis Bellson Quintet, Charlie Shavers, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell, George Duvivier2009Compil.
Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 2Zoot Sims2009Album
Zoot Sims With Lighthouse Allstars 1954Zoot Sims With Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars2009Album
Complete RecordingsBobby Hackett & Zoot Sims2009Compil.
Four Classic AlbumsZoot Sims2009Compil.
The Scene - Live In New YorkJimmy Rushing, Zoot Sims & Al Cohn2009Album
Live In Japan 1977 Vol. 1Zoot Sims2009Album
5658Zoot Sims2008Album
Sonny Stitt & Zoot Sims Complete RecordingsSonny Stitt, Zoot Sims2008Compil.
In CopenhagenZoot Sims2007Album
Folk Jazz U.S.A. and Alabama ConcertoJohn Benson Brooks Featuring Cannonball Adderley, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn & Art Farmer2007Compil.
Complete Original Quintet / Sextet Studio RecordingsAl Cohn / Zoot Sims2007Compil.
Kansas City SoundsBob Brookmeyer Septet And Bob Brookmeyer Octet Featuring Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Harry Edison, Paul Quinichette, Hank Jones, Jim Hall, Freddie Green, Nat Pierce2007Compil.
Zoot SuiteZoot Sims2007Album
Love For Sale Live In Dublin 1978Zoot Sims2007Album
2x4 Jazz Duets in the Round: Music Minus One Tenor SaxZoot Sims2006Album
Live At The Half Note Again!Zoot Sims2006Album
In FloridaZoot Sims2006Album
Alone Together: Music Minus One Tenor SaxZoot Sims2006Album
Live At The Half NoteZoot Sims2006Album
That Old FeelingZoot Sims2005Compil.
What's NewZoot Sims2005Compil.
Live At Falcon LairZoot Sims With The Joe Castro Trio2004Album
Swing King!Zoot Sims2004Compil.
Jazz Ballads 17: Tenor GiantsDexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Sonny Stitt, Illinois Jacquet, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Flip Phillips2004Compil.
The Complete 1944-1954 Small Group SessionsZoot Sims2001Compil.
TenorlyZoot Sims2001Album
The Tenor GiantsZoot Sims, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis2001Album
Zoot Sims Et Henri RenaudZoot Sims Et Henri Renaud2000Compil.
Easy As Pie: "Live" At The Left BankAl Cohn & Zoot Sims2000Album
It Had To Be YouZoot Sims With Special Guest Scott Hamilton2000Album
Zürich 1960Gerry Mulligan & The Concert Jazz Band Featuring Zoot Sims1999Album
Only A RoseZoot Sims, Metropole Orchestra1999Album
Only A RoseZoot Sims, Metropole Orchestra1999Compil.
The Bossa Nova SessionsZoot Sims, Jim Hall1998Compil.
"Live" In PhillyZoot Sims1998Album
Quartet & SextetZoot Sims1997Album
Getting SentimentalZoot Sims1997Album
Zoot Sims Quartet - That Old FeelingZoot Sims1996Album
I Like It Like ThatZoot Sims, Al Cohn, Cecil Collier1996Single
ElegaicZoot Sims - Bucky Pizzarelli1996Album
Somebody Loves MeZoot Sims1996Compil.
In A Mellow ToneZoot Sims1996Album
The Complete 1944-1954 Small Group Sessions Vol.3 - 1952-1953Zoot Sims1995Compil.
Art 'N' ZootArt Pepper & Zoot Sims1995Album
Zoot Sims In CopenhagenZoot Sims With The Kenny Drew Trio1995Album
On The KornerZoot Sims1994Album
Stan Getz & The Rare Dawn SessionsStan Getz, Zoot Sims, Wardell Gray, Paul Quinichette1994Compil.
The Rare Dawn SessionsZoot Sims1994Compil.
Bohemia After DarkZoot Sims1994Compil.
Dave McKenna Quartet Featuring Zoot SimsDave McKenna Quartet Featuring Zoot Sims1994Album
Somebody Loves MeZoot Sims Featuring Buddy Rich1993Album
Plays Johnny Mandel - Quietly ThereZoot Sims1993Album
The Legendary Years Vol. 6Stan Getz, James Moody, Zoot Sims1993Compil.
The Master Saxes - Club Convert Vol.1 : 48/61Barney Wilen / Charlie Parker / Lucky Thompson / Lee Konitz / Cecil Payne / Zoot Sims / Budd Johnson Meet Bud Powell1993Album
Olympia - November 19, 1960Gerry Mulligan & The Concert Jazz Band Featuring Zoot Sims1992Album
The Four Brothers .... Together Again !Herb Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff1992Album
Suddenly It's SpringZoot Sims1992Album
Double ExposureStan Getz / Zoot Sims1992Compil.
Zoot CaseZoot Sims & Al Cohn1991Album
For Lady DayZoot Sims1991Album
Pinky & ZootPinky Winters, Zoot Sims1991Album
Live in DemarkZoot Sims, The Kenny Drew Trio1990Album
Vic Vogel Le Big BandVic Vogel Le Big Band Featuring Zoot Sims1990Album
Tonite's music todayZoot Sims1990Album
1961-1962Charlie Byrd, Zoot Sims, Les McCann1990Compil.
Morning FunBob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims1989Album
The Big StampedeZoot Sims1989Album
Down HomeZoot Sims1987Album
Zoot Sims in ParisZoot Sims1987Album
Tenor Contrasts Volume 2Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, James Moody1986Album
Zoot Sims / Frank RosolinoZoot Sims / Frank Rosolino1986Compil.
In A Sentimental MoodZoot Sims1985Album
Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel Quietly ThereZoot Sims1984Album
Blues For 2Zoot Sims Plus Joe Pass1983Album
Suddenly It's SpringZoot Sims1983Album
Blues For 2Zoot Sims Plus Joe Pass1983Album
Jazz Masters Presents Basie & Friends on PabloCount Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Zoot Sims And Joe Pass1983Album
4 Four SaxLee Konitz - Zoot Sims - Frank Foster - Bobby Jaspar1982Compil.
Newport Jazz Festival 1972 Volume IB.B. King Special Guest Artists Kenny Burrell, Roy Haynes, Joe Newman, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry1982Compil.
Europa JazzHoward McGhee, James Moody, Zoot Sims1982Album
The "Interplay" SessionsBill Evans With Freddie Hubbard And Zoot Sims1982Album
The SwingerZoot Sims1981Album
I Wish I Were TwinsZoot Sims1981Album
Mother------! Mother -----------!! A Jazz SymphonyClark Terry And Zoot Sims1980Album
A Celebration Of DukeZoot Sims, Sarah Vaughan, Clark Terry, Quadrant1980Album
Passion FlowerZoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington1980Album
Eastern FlightZoot Sims Featuring Buddy Rich1980Album
The Best OfZoot Sims1980Compil.
Just FriendsZoot Sims, Harry Edison1980Album
The Sweetest SoundsRune Gustafsson / Zoot Sims1979Album
Warm TenorZoot Sims And Jimmy Rowles1979Album
Suitably ZootZoot Sims With Al Cohn-Richie Kamuca Sextet, Bob Brookmeyer Quintet1979Album
Brother In SwingZoot Sims1979Album
On The TrailZoot Sims - Flip Phillips - Urbie Green - Clark Terry - Harry Edison - Victor Feldman1978Album
Air Mail SpecialZoot Sims / Buddy Rich1978Compil.
Hawthorne NightsZoot Sims1977Album
If I'm LuckyZoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles1977Album
Basie & ZootCount Basie & Zoot Sims1976Album
Joe & ZootJoe Venuti And Zoot Sims1976Compil.
InteractionSonny Stitt And Zoot Sims1976Compil.
Soprano SaxZoot Sims1976Album
Zoot Sims With Bucky PizzarelliZoot Sims / Bucky Pizzarelli1976Album
Locking HornsJoe Newman, Zoot Sims, Ray Draper, John Coltrane1976Compil.
ZootcaseZoot Sims1975Compil.
Zoot Sims And The Gershwin BrothersZoot Sims1975Album
UntitledZoot Sims1975Album
Joe Venuti And Zoot SimsJoe Venuti And Zoot Sims1975Album
Strike Up The BandBobby Hackett, Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli, Richard Davis, Mel Lewis & Hank Jones1975Album
Motoring AlongAl Cohn & Zoot Sims1975Album
Swing Today Volume OneBuddy Tate Septet, Eddie Barefield Septet, Red Richards Quintet, Herman Autrey Quintet, Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli, Budd Johnson Quartet1974Compil.
Vic DickensonVic Dickenson, Joe Thomas, Scoville Brown, Red Richards, Bill Pemberton, Oliver Jackson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Zoot Sims, Doc Cheatham1974Album
Body And SoulAl Cohn & Zoot Sims1974Album
Joe & ZootJoe Venuti and Zoot Sims1974Album
NirvanaZoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli Special Guest Buddy Rich1974Album
Zoot Sims' PartyZoot Sims1974Album
Zoot SimsZoot Sims1973Album
First Recordings!Zoot Sims1972Compil.
Stella By Starlight / Over The RainbowZoot Sims With The Gary McFarland Orchestra1967Single
Al & Zoot In LondonAl Cohn & Zoot Sims1967Album
Inter-ActionSonny Stitt & Zoot Sims1966Album
Waiting GameZoot Sims1966Album
Cookin'!Zoot Sims1965Album
Down HomeZoot Sims1963Single
Good Old ZootZoot Sims1963Compil.
Gerry Mulligan And The Concert Jazz Band On TourGerry Mulligan & The Concert Jazz Band Guest Soloist: Zoot Sims1962Album
Solo For ZootZoot Sims1962Album
Zoot At Ronnie Scott'sZoot Sims1962Album
Zoot Sims In ParisZoot Sims1962Album
Jazz Mission To Moscow (Featuring Top Jazz Artists On Their Return From Tour Of Soviet Union 1962)Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bill Crow, Willie Dennis, Mel Lewis1962Album
ChoiceZoot Sims1961Album
South American Cookin'Curtis Fuller's Quintet Featuring Zoot Sims1961Album
Either WayZoot Sims And Al Cohn With Cecil Collier1961Album
TopsyJimmy Giuffre, Conte Candoli, Zoot Sims1961Single
Airmail Special / Flying HomeT. Charles Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims1960Single
Down HomeZoot Sims1960Album
Jazz ImmortalClifford Brown featuring Zoot Sims1960Album
I Was Doin' Alright / Everything I've Got Belongs To YouAnnie Ross With Zoot Sims1960Single
The Swingers!Lambert, Hendricks & Ross With Zoot Sims1960Single
Jive At FiveZoot Sims1960Single
The Swingers!Lambert, Hendricks & Ross With Zoot Sims1959Album
Jazz Alive! A Night At The Half NoteZoot Sims / Al Cohn / Phil Woods1959Album
A Gasser!Annie Ross & Zoot Sims1959Album
Blues And HaikusJack Kerouac Featuring Al Cohn And Zoot Sims1959Album
More Drums On Fire!Sonny Payne, Mel Lewis, Benny Barth, Armando Peraza, Ray Mosca With Freddie Gambrell, The Mastersounds, Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman1959Album
Locking HornsZoot Sims - Joe Newman Quintet1958Single
Tenors Anyone?Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette, Wardell Gray1958Album
Night session in ParisZoot Sims, Henri Renaud1957Album
Zoot Sims Goes To JazzvilleZoot Sims1957Album
Zoot Sims Plays Four AltosZoot Sims1957Album
The Four Brothers .... Together Again !Herb Steward, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff1957Album
Plays Alto, Tenor And BaritoneZoot Sims1957Album
Al And ZootAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Zoot Sims1957Album
Locking HornsJoe Newman And Zoot Sims1957Album
Tenor ConclaveHank Mobley / Al Cohn / John Coltrane / Zoot Sims1957Album
QuartetsZoot Sims1956Album
Zoot-o-ramaZoot Sims1956Compil.
WhooeeeeBob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims1956Album
ConceptionMiles Davis / Stan Getz / Gerry Mulligan / Lee Konitz / Sonny Rollins / Zoot Sims1956Compil.
Zoot Sims Avec Henri Renaud Et Son Orchestre Et Jon EardleyZoot Sims Avec Henri Renaud Et Son Orchestre Et Jon Eardley1956Album
The Modern Art Of JazzZoot Sims1956Album
Tonite's Music TodayZoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer1956Album
Clifford Brown Ensemble Featuring Zoot SimsClifford Brown Ensemble Featuring Zoot Sims1956Single
Tonight's Music TodayZoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer1956Single
The BrothersStan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Allen Eager, Brew Moore1956Compil.
The Jazz GuitaristChuck Wayne Featuring Zoot Sims, Brew Moore1956Album
Jutta Hipp With Zoot SimsJutta Hipp With Zoot Sims1956Album
Jack Sheldon QuintetJack Sheldon Quintet With Zoot Sims1955Album
Clifford Brown Ensemble Featuring Zoot SimsClifford Brown Ensemble, Zoot Sims1955Album
"The Brothers" (3)Zoot Sims1955Single
Happy MinorsRed Mitchell, Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims1955Album
Goes To Town: Jazz Time in Paris vol. 14Zoot Sims1954Album
Zoot Simms In HollywoodZoot Sims1954Album
Roy Eldridge And Zoot Sims With The European AllstarsRoy Eldridge, Zoot Sims1954Album
Americans In SwedenJimmy Raney, Lars Gullin, Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Bengt Hallberg, Gösta Theselius, Putte Wickman, Red Mitchell1954Single
Jazz Studio 3John Graas, Conte Candoli, Charlie Mariano, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Giuffre, André Previn, Howard Roberts, Curtis Counce, Larry Bunker1954Single
ZootZoot Sims1954Single
Zoot Goes To Town: Jazz Time Paris, Vol. 8Zoot Sims1953Album
With Organ AccompanimentZoot Sims1953Single
Tenor Sax FavoritesZoot Sims1951Album
Swingin' With Zoot SimsZoot Sims1951Album
You Go To My Head / The Scene Is CleanZoot Sims1950Album
And His Four BrothersStan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Allen Eager, Brew Moore1949Single
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 38Benny Goodman And His Orchestra, Taft Jordan, Zoot Sims, Billy BauerAlbum
Dave McKenna Quartet Featuring Zoot SimsDave McKenna Quartet Featuring Zoot SimsAlbum
Art Pepper & Zoot Sims All StarsArt Pepper, Zoot SimsAlbum
Jazz West Coast: An Anthology Of California MusicBob Gordon, Jack Montrose, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Jimmy GiuffreSingle
Jazz Immortal Volume ThreeClifford Brown featuring Zoot SimsSingle
Let's Not Waltz Tonight / How About You? / Indiana / Good LuckZoot Sims / Mundell Lowe / Billy Taylor / Lucky ThompsonSingle
Zoot Sims QuintetZoot SimsSingle
Les Classiques Du Jazz Par Les Géants Du JazzLionel Hampton, Django Reinhardt, Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins, Barney Bigard, Buck Clayton, Sir Charles Thompson, Don Byas, Johnny Hodges, Dizzy Gillespie, Claude Luter, Zoot Sims, Sidney Bechet, Bob Brookmeyer, Gerry MulliganCompil.
The King Of Swing In Sweden 1950Benny Goodman With Roy Eldridge, Zoot Sims, Toots ThielemansAlbum
Doggin' Around / There'll Be Some Changes MadeZoot SimsSingle
Zoot Meet HansZoot Sims And Hans KollerSingle
Storia Della Musica (Vol. X) N. 9Woody Herman, Bud Powell, Zoot Sims, Erroll GarnerSingle
I Hear A RhapsodyZoot SimsAlbum
My Funny ValentineAl Cohn Featuring Zoot SimsAlbum
1. FolgeZoot SimsSingle
Poll Winners JazzZoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Tony ScottSingle
Benny Goodman Big Band - Lionel HamptonBenny Goodman And His Orchestra Featuring Zoot Sims - Lionel Hampton Featuring Frankie DunlopCompil.
My Very Good Friend In The LookingZoot Sims, Jackie ParisSingle
Music For The NightGuy Lafitte, Zoot Sims, Maxim Saury, Eddie Bernard, Dany Kane, Michel De Villiers, Jean Bonal, Henri RenaudCompil.
First Recordings!Zoot SimsCompil.
The Vibes Are OnSonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Charlie ParkerCompil.
In Paris - 1956Zoot SimsAlbum
Directly From The Half NotePhil Woods, Jimmy Rushing, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca, Dave Frishberg, Major Holley, Mel Lewis, Tommy Potter, Mousey AlexanderAlbum
Cavu / A Ghost Of Chance / Where of When / JaguarStan Getz, Zoot Sims, Paul Quinichette Avec Johnny Smith QuartetSingle
2. FolgeZoot SimsSingle
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