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Zoot Sims (1925–1985)

Zoot Sims was born on October 29, 1925 in Inglewood, California, USA as John Haley Sims. He died on March 23, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2014 Altman (Documentary) (performer: "Four Brothers")
 2013 Big Sur ("Bill Bailey")
 1998 Rushmore (performer: "Blinuet")
 1985 Kerouac, the Movie (Documentary) ("What's New") / (performer: "I Wonder Who") / (writer: "I Wonder Who")
 1980 Inside Moves (performer: "Captain Bligh") / (writer: "Captain Bligh")
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 1989 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
 1982 Great Vibes! Lionel Hampton & Friends (TV Movie)

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Other Works:

Album (as The Zoot Sims Quartet): "Zoot" (Argo Records).

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Jazz and big band tenor saxophonist in the tradition of Lester Young. Renowned for his 'grooving', swinging style. Played extensively with Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw in the 1940s and 50s. Briefly with Woody Herman's Herd from 1947. Also toured with Stan Kenton and Gerry Mulligan. Co-led a quintet with fellow saxophonist Al Cohn during the 1950s and 60s.

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