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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Art Simmons (keyboards)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Very fine pianist, Art Simmons was born Arthur Eugene Simmons on February 5th, 1926 in Glen White, West Virginia.

He went to France while in the Army, and later stayed in Germany, coming back to France around 1949.


ART SIMMONS GROUP


This was the Art Simmons Trio in 1951:

ART SIMMONS GROUP #?
1951
Art Simmons
piano
Jean Bonal
guitar
Pierre Michelot
bass

This was another edition of Art Simmons Trio:

ART SIMMONS GROUP #?
?
Art Simmons
piano
Stuart Da Silva
piano
Gilbert Rovere
bass

This was a different lineup of Art Simmons Trio:

ART SIMMONS GROUP #?
?
Art Simmons
piano
Luigi Trussardi
bass
Charles Bellonzi
drums

This was the Art Simmons Trio with Elec Bacsik on guitar:

ART SIMMONS GROUP #?
?
Art Simmons
piano
Elek Bacsik
guitar
Michel Gaudry
bass

This was the Art Simmons Trio now with Pierre Cavalli on guitar:

ART SIMMONS GROUP #?
?
Art Simmons
piano
Pierre Cavalli
guitar
Michel Gaudry
bass

And this was the Art Simmons Trio now with Pierre Cullaz on guitar:

ART SIMMONS GROUP #?
?
Art Simmons
piano
Pierre Cullaz
guitar
Michel Gaudry
bass

Other info on members of Art Simmons Group (I know up to 12 members)
To be covered (3): Elek Bacsik, Pierre Michelot, Gilbert Rovere
Not enough info (8): Charles Bellonzi, Jean Bonal, Pierre Cavalli, Pierre Cullaz, Stuart Da Silva, Michel Gaudry, Rene Nan, Luigi Trussardi


AL ´FATS´ EDWARDS GROUP


Art Simmons also backed singer Al ´Fats´ Edwards for some time:

AL ´FATS´ EDWARDS GROUP #?
?
Al ´Fats´ Edwards
vocals
Art Simmons
piano
+ others unknown to me. Help!

Other info on members of Al ´Fats´ Edwards Group (I know up to 2 members)
Not enough info (1): Al ´Fats´ Edwards


BERTICE READING GROUP


Art Simmons toured with Bertice Reading Group, but don´t know other details:

BERTICE READING GROUP #?
?
Bertice Reading
vocals
Art Simmons
piano
+ others unknown to me. Help!

Other info on members of Bertice Reading Group (I know up to 2 members)
Not enough info (1): Bertice Reading


ART TAYLOR GROUP


For a while Art Taylor and Art Simmons played as a duo:

ART TAYLOR GROUP #?
?
Art Taylor
piano
Art Simmons
piano

Other info on members of Art Taylor Group (I know up to 3 members)
To be covered (1): Art Taylor
Not enough info (1): John Thomas

Art Simmons passed away on April 23rd, 2018 in Beckley, West Virginia. He was 92.

   4 BANDS (WITH 6 SELECTED RECORDINGS):

BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
Al ´Fats´ Edwards Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Negro spirituals - Al ´Fats´ Edwards ( - )

  • Other info on members of Al ´Fats´ Edwards Group (I know up to 2 members)
    Not enough info (1):Al ´Fats´ Edwards
    Bertice Reading Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • The Fifties - Bertice Reading (1988)

    • Members: (RIP: Bertice Reading + Art Simmons)
    • Guests: Dave Bailey, Bill Crow (RIP: Mickey Baker, Panama Francis, Haywood Henry, Norman Keenan, Seldon Powell)
    Other info on members of Bertice Reading Group (I know up to 2 members)
    Not enough info (1):Bertice Reading
    Art Simmons Group  4 RECORDINGS:
  • Art Simmons Quartet - Art Simmons Quartet (March 1956)

    • Members: (RIP: Art Simmons)
    • Guests: Dave Bailey, Bill Crow
    • Comments: Recorded in March 1956.
  • Boogie woogie piano stylings - Art Simmons (1959)

  • Ambiance pour 2 pianos - Jack Dieval - Art Simmons (1966)

    • Members: (RIP: Jack Dieval, Art Simmons)
    • Guests: (RIP: Jimmy Woode)
  • Pianos duet - Jack Dieval & Art Simmons (1969)

    • Members: (RIP: jack Dieval, Art Simmons)
    • Guests: Daniel Humair
    Other info on members of Art Simmons Group (I know up to 12 members)
    To be covered (3):Elek Bacsik, Pierre Michelot, Gilbert Rovere
    Not enough info (8):Charles Bellonzi, Jean Bonal, Pierre Cavalli, Pierre Cullaz, Stuart Da Silva, Michel Gaudry, Rene Nan, Luigi Trussardi
    Art Taylor Group   
    Other info on members of Art Taylor Group (I know up to 3 members)
    To be covered (1):Art Taylor
    Not enough info (1):John Thomas

       14 SESSIONS (FOR 10 ARTISTS):

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Eddie Barclay Orchestra  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Et voila! - Eddie Barclay (1959)

    • Members: (RIP: Eddie Barclay)
    • Guests: Quincy Jones (RIP: Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, Stephane Grappelli, Roger Guerin, Art Simmons, Lucky Thompson)
    • Comments: Recorded in June & October 1957.
    Other info on members of Eddie Barclay Orchestra (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Eddie Barclay
    Art Blakey Group  1 COMPILATIONS:
  • Workshop - Art & James Moody Blakey (2001)

    • Members: (RIP: Art Blakey, James Moody + Walter Bishop Jr, Kenny Dorham)
    • Guests: Dave Burns, Ernie Henry (RIP: Arne Domnerus, Cecil Payne, Chano Pozo, Sahib Shihab, Art Simmons, Lennart Sundevall, Gosta Theselius)
    • Comments: Compilation with tracks recorded from December 1947 to October 1949.
    Other info on members of Art Blakey Group (I know up to 87 members)
    Already covered (3):Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton
    To be covered (84):Christopher Amberger, Jan Arnet, Mickey Bass, Walter Bishop Jr, Art Blakey, Terence Blanchard, Juini Booth, Joanne Brackeen, Randy Brecker, Cameron Brown, Clifford Brown, Donald Brown, Jaki Byard, Donald Byrd, George Cables, Chick Corea, Olu Dara, Nathan Davis, Walter Davis, Spanky DeBrest, Sam Dockery, Lou Donaldson, Kenny Dorham, Kevin Eubanks, Robin Eubanks,... up to 84 musicians.
    Don Byas Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Tenor saxophone solos - Don Byas (1952)

    • Members: (RIP: Don Byas)
    • Guests: (RIP: Art Simmons, Maurice Vander)
    • Comments: Recorded in July 1950 and April 1951.
    Other info on members of Don Byas Group (I know up to 8 members)
    Already covered (1):Nat Peck
    To be covered (6):Francy Boland, Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, Leonard Gaskin, Fats Sadi, Jean Warland
    Not enough info (1):Cab Kaye
    Les Double Six  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Meet Quincy Jones - Les Double Six (1960)

    • Members: (RIP: Christiane Legrand, Mimi Perrin, Ward Swingle)
    • Guests: Jacques Denjean, Daniel Humair (RIP: Kenny Clarke, Pierre Michelot, Art Simmons)
    Other info on members of Les Double Six (I know up to 10 members)
    To be covered (1):Roger Guerin
    Not enough info (9):Louis Aldebert, Monique Aldebert, Jean-Claude Briodin, Claude Germain, Christiane Legrand, Eddy Louiss, Bernard Lubat, Mimi Perrin, Ward Swingle
    Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra  3 RECORDINGS:
  • Dizzy (volume 2) - Dizzy Gillespie (1952)

    • Members: (RIP: Dizzy Gillespie + Don Byas, Bill Graham, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson)
    • Guests: Joe Benjamin (RIP: Joe Carroll, Art Simmons)
    • Comments: Recorded in February, March & April 1952.
  • Dizzy (volume I) - Dizzy Gillespie (1952)

    • Members: (RIP: Dizzy Gillespie + Don Byas)
    • Guests: Joe Benjamin (RIP: Arnold Ross, Art Simmons)
    • Comments: Recorded in March and April 1952.
  • Dizzy at home and abroad - Dizzy Gillespie (1957)

    • Members: (RIP: Dizzy Gillespie + Don Byas, Bill Graham, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson)
    • Guests: Joe Benjamin (RIP: Joe Carroll, Arnold Ross, Art Simmons)
    Other info on members of Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra (I know up to 180 members)
    Already covered (10):Steve Berrios, Larry Bunker, Frank Foster, Hank Jones, Hal McKusick, James Moody, Al Porcino, Mickey Roker, Cedar Walton, Joe Wilder
    To be covered (170):Pepper Adams, Monty Alexander, Elek Bacsik, Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, John Barrows, Richard Berg, Ignacio Berroa, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ben Brown, Garnett Brown, Ray Brown, Tommy Bryant, James Buffington, John Burden, Billy Butterfield, Don Butterfield, Don Byas, Candido Camero, Tom Campbell, Paul Chambers, Ed Cherry, Kenny Clarke, Julio Colazo, Burt Collins,... up to 170 musicians.
    James Moody Group  2 RECORDINGS:
  • New sounds from France with James Moody - James Moody (1950)

  • Just Moody - James Moody (2006)

    • Members: Dave Burns (RIP: James Moody + Eddie Jefferson, Nat Peck)
    • Guests: Raymond Fol, Joe Harris, Ernie Henry, Pierre Lemarchand, Pee Wee Moore (RIP: Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Jack Dieval, Arne Domnerus, Hubert Fol, Roger Guerin, Wendell Marshall, Pierre Michelot, Cecil Payne, Chano Pozo, Russell Procope, Ernie Royal, William Shepherd, Art Simmons, Gosta Theselius)
    1 COMPILATIONS:
  • 1948-1949 - James Moody (September 2000)

    • Members: Dave Burns (RIP: James Moody + Nat Peck)
    • Guests: Ernie Henry, Frank Hooks (RIP: Gil Fuller + Art Blakey, Don Byas, Arne Domnerus, Cecil Payne, Chano Pozo, Art Simmons, Gosta Theselius)
    Other info on members of James Moody Group (I know up to 10 members)
    Already covered (2):James Moody, Nat Peck
    To be covered (4):Dave Burns, Harold Mabern, Howard McGhee, Adam Nussbaum
    Not enough info (4):Todd Coolman, Babs Gonzales, Eddie Jefferson, Renee Rosnes
    Lou Reizner Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Sentimental Mister Lou (Manhattan blues) - Lou Reizner ( - )

  • Other info on members of Lou Reizner Group (I know up to 1 members)
    To be covered (1):Lou Reizner
    Clark Terry Group  1 COMPILATIONS:
  • Paris 1960 - Clark Terry (1985)

    • Members: (RIP: Clark Terry)
    • Guests: (RIP: Elek Bacsik, Kenny Clarke, Eric Dixon, Quentin Jackson, Art Simmons)
    • Comments: Compilation with tracks recorded in 1960.
    Other info on members of Clark Terry Group (I know up to 70 members)
    Already covered (5):Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Foster, Jake Hanna, Lew Soloff, Derek Watkins
    To be covered (46):Wayne Andre, Dave Bargeron, Joe Benjamin, Richard Boone, Bob Coassin, George Coleman, Barry Cooper, Larry Coryell, Eddie Costa, Sylvia Cuenca, Paquito D´Rivera, Dennis Davis, Bobby Durham, Don Friedman, Allan Ganley, Donald Harrison, Jimmy Heath, Conrad Herwig, Red Holloway, Milt Jackson, Jack Jeffers, Paul Jeffrey, Osie Johnson, Virgil Jones, Roger Kellaway,... up to 46 musicians.
    Not enough info (19):Mousie Alexander, George Barrow, Pierre Boussaguet, Ray Copeland, Sonny Costanzo, Vince Di Martino, Oscar Gamby, David Glasser, John Gordon, Laurie Holloway, Eddie Jones, Stantawn Kendrick, Marcus McLaurine, Lloyd Michaels, Dado Moroni, Stan Shafran, Victor Sproles, Kenny Washington, Chris Woods
    Kitty White Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Kitty White - Kitty White (1966)

    • Members: (RIP: Kitty White)
    • Guests: Jean-Louis Chautemps, Jack Costanzo, Hal Singer (RIP: Kenny Clarke, Pierre Cullaz, Teddy Edwards, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Art Simmons, Jimmy Woode)
    Other info on members of Kitty White Group (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Kitty White
    Nelson Williams Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Five horn groove - Nelson Williams ( - )

    • Members: (RIP: Nelson Williams)
    • Guests: (RIP: Harold ´Shorty´ Baker, George Ballard, Al Killian, Wendell Marshall, Ray Nance, Ernie Royal, Art Simmons)
    Other info on members of Nelson Williams Group (I know up to 1 members)
    To be covered (1):Nelson Williams

    RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Art Simmons mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Don Byas (6)
    Kenny Clarke (5)
    Michel Gaudry (4)
    James Moody (4)
    Yngve Akerberg (3)
    Joe Benjamin (3)
    Art Blakey (3)
    Nelson Boyd (3)
    Anders Burman (3)
    Dave Burns (3)

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