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Al Cohn - 79% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 November 1925, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1988, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. As a teenager Cohn gained experience playing the tenor saxophone with Joe Marsala and Georgie Auld, for whom he also arranged. A forward-thinking musician, Cohn worked extensively in big bands during the mid-late 40s, most famously as a member of Woody Herman’s Four Brot Read more

Lee Konitz - 76% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bud Shank - 69% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clifford Everett Shank Jnr., 27 May 1926, Dayton, Ohio, USA. After studying and gigging on most of the reed instruments, Shank concentrated on alto saxophone, later doubling on flute and baritone saxophone. From 1947 he was resident on the west coast, playing in the big bands of Charlie Barnet, Alvino Rey, Art Mooney and Stan Kenton but making his greatest impact in small gr Read more

Sonny Stitt - 63% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Boatner Stitt, 2 February 1924, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 22 July 1982, Washington, DC, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, Stitt gained his early experience playing in the big bands led by Tiny Bradshaw and Billy Eckstine. Influenced by Charlie Parker and by the many fine young beboppers he encountered on the Eckstine band, Stitt quickly developed into a formid Read more

Art Farmer - 60% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Stewart Farmer, 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 4 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. While still a child Farmer moved first to Phoenix, Arizona, then to Los Angeles. This was in the mid-40s, and during the next few years Farmer played trumpet in various name bands, including those led by Jay McShann and Benny Carter, and worked and recorded with Read more

Art Pepper - 58% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 September 1925, Gardena, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 15 June 1982, Panorama City, California, USA. Pepper started out on clarinet at the age of nine, switching to alto saxophone four years later. After appearing in school groups, he first played professionally with Gus Arnheim’s band. During his mid-teens he developed his jazz style sitting in with otherwise all- Read more

Gerry Mulligan - 57% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gerald Joseph Mulligan, 6 April 1927, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 January 1996, Darien, Connecticut, USA. Raised in Philadelphia, Mulligan started out on piano before concentrating on arranging. He also took up the saxophone, first the alto and a few years later the baritone. Among the name bands that used his arrangements were those led by Gene Krupa and Claude Thor Read more

Hank Mobley - 56% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Mobley, 7 July 1930, Eastman, Georgia, USA, d. 30 May 1986, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Tenor saxophonist Mobley began his professional career with an R&B band in 1950. The following year, he was attracting the attention of such important beboppers as Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie, and by 1954 his stature was such that he was invited to become a founder member Read more

Houston Person - 56% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 November 1934, Florence, South Carolina, USA. A late starter, Person took up the tenor saxophone in his late teenage years and gained considerable experience in bands during his military service. In the 60s he was sometimes sideman, sometimes leader of small groups cashing in on the organ-tenor fad, and was a member of Johnny Hammond’s group from 1963-66. Late in the Read more

Ben Webster - 55% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Francis Webster, 27 March 1909, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 20 September 1973, Amsterdam, Netherlands. After studying violin and piano, and beginning his professional career on the latter instrument, Webster took up the tenor saxophone around 1930. He quickly became adept on this instrument; within a year he was playing with Bennie Moten and later worked with And Read more

Cole Porter - 53% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington - 53% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Classical Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 53% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more

James Moody - 53% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 February 1925, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Beginning to play saxophones in his mid-teens, Moody developed his abilities as an instrumentalist during a spell in the American armed forces. Discharged in 1946, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band (on tenor saxophone), later touring Europe (mostly playing alto saxophone). His 1949 recording of ‘I’m In The Mood For Read more

Phil Woods - 53% match to Zoot Sims

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 November 1931, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Woods began playing alto saxophone as a child, studied later at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and by his early 20s had already made a significant mark on jazz. Playing hard bop and acknowledging Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker but never slavishly so, Woods became a vital force in jazz in the late 50s. He led his o Read more


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