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Zoot Sims: 'Brother' of Swing
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Zoot Sims spent time in the immensely popular big bands of Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

NPR.org, March 19, 2008 - Starting in his youth, saxophonist Zoot Sims fashioned his seemingly effortless sound from the music of early masters Lester Young and Ben Webster. Playing alongside some of jazz's great bandleaders, accompanists and soloists — and eventually as a leader himself — Sims then refined that sound over a long and productive career. Never a musician to chase trends, he always kept two classic jazz principles in mind: Always play with indomitable swing, and have faith in the infinite variety to be gleaned from a familiar set of chord changes.

PLAY DATE : Sun, 05/18/2008          
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