John Haley Sims, 29 October 1925, Inglewood, California, USA, d. 23 March 1985, New York City, New York, USA. Sims played clarinet in grade school but took up the tenor saxophone to work with singer Kenny Baker in 1941. He played with Bobby Sherwood from 1942-43, Sonny Durham in 1943 and the Benny Goodman big band in 1944. His recording debut was with Joe Bushkins small group in 1944. The years 1944-46 were spent in the army. On discharge Sims rejoined Goodman, playing alongside his brother Ray until 1947 when he joined Woody Herman, becoming famous as one of the Four Brothers (the other saxophonists were Stan Getz, Herbie Steward and Serge Chaloff). He left to play with Artie Shaw from 1949-50, then toured Europe with Goodman at regular intervals (1950, 1958, 1972 and 1976) and also toured with Stan Kenton and Gerry Mulligan.
In the early 70s Sims started playing soprano saxophone as well as tenor, and later in the decade...
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