The National Public Radio Jazz Profiles program about Zoot Sims is now up on NPR’s web site in streaming audio.
The show produced by Paul Conley and hosted by Nancy Wilson includes memories of the great saxophonist by Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Frishberg, Bill Holman, Harry Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Zoot’s wife Louise and me. It also has plenty of music. To hear it, go here and click on “Listen Now.”
For a recent Rifftides piece on Sims and his tenor sax companion Al Cohn, go here. It includes a link to a performance video.
Don Emanuel says
Thanks Doug for the Zoot link. Super broadcast, one to keep. I’m going to mention the link from you on my site.A must for any jazz listener.
Made me want to revisit my Zoot collection.
Charlton Price says
Thanks, Dave and Doug, for what you say about Zoot in this NPR tribute — so eloquent, and precisely true.
Those were nights for imperishable memories in the 70s with all of my heroes in various combinations — at the Half Note in NY and/or at Blues Alley in DC — Zoot, Al, Joe Pass, Rowles, Mraz, Mousey Alexander,Victor Sproles, Ross Tompkins.
The “BG in Copenhagen” vinyl (2 disks) illustrates perfectly how Zoot would get things up to speed and then Benny would “surf the wave” that Zoot had created.