See also: Simmons
BiographyEngaged in the army during the Second world war with dimensions of James Moody, Art Simmons plays in the orchestras of the army and thus occurs in all Europe, and in particular in Suisse and Germany before arriving in France, with Paris, where it is established during more than twenty years. It is registered with the Conservatoire of Paris and plays in various clubs for thin wages. He becomes pianist resident with the Ringside (future Blue Note) to the opening of the March-Club, street Robert-Estienne in VIIIe district, close to the Fields-Elysées. Y ravels the gotha American jazz eager to make ox and unquestionable find an accompaniment of choice and a large variety of alcoholic drinks. Art Simmons and its trio play every evening of 23:00 to 4:00 of the morning. The pianist Aaron Bridgers played of the piano bar between the sets. Within the famous trio of Art Simmons, one will find the double bass player Michel Gaudry, and with the guitar successively Jean Bonnal, Pierre Cavalli, then Elek Bacsik and sometimes Léo Petit in replacement.
- Art Simmons and his orchestrated (Ducretet Thomson), 45-turns recorded on November 9th, 1959 in Paris with Clark Terry, Elek Bacsik, Michel Gaudry, Kenny Clarke and Billie Poole (voc).
- Quentin Jackson, Quentin Jackson (Ducretet Thomson), 45-turns recorded in February 1960 in Paris with Clark Terry, Elek Bacsik, Kenny Clarke.
- Art Simmons Four-bit byte (with Terry Donoughue with the guitar) republished in the collection Jazz in Paris under the title Piano with the Fields-Elysées
- Jack Diéval & Art Simmons, two 33-turns (of which under the title Environment for two pianos with Jacques B.Hess and Free Manzecchi)
Catalog of films
- Database IMDb
- an article on Art Simmons on CitizenJazz
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