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John Haley "Zoot" Sims was an American jazz musician.

Born on October 29, 1925 in Inglewood, California, Zoot’s family was involved in vaudeville, for his part, Zoot learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age.

Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophone player and played with a number of renowned acts throughout his career, including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich. Sims frequently led his own combos and frequently toured with friends Al Cohn and Gerry Mulligan.

Zoot Sims died in New York on March 23, 1985.

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House pianist at Scott's club since its opening in 1960, played there and on T.V. with Scott, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, J J Johnson and many other musicians and singers.
For most of the 60s he was resident pianist at Scott's club, backing numerous visiting jazzmen including Zoot Sims and Sonny Stitt.
In the middle of the decade he formed a regular band, which included in its personnel at one time or another Bobby Wellins, Peter King and for many years Art Themen.
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