Kind Simmons

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Arthur Eugene "Art" Simmons (born February 5, 1926 in Glenn White, West Virginia , † April 23, 2018 in Beckley , West Virginia) was an American jazz pianist .


Drafted into the US Army during the Second World War , Simmons worked alongside James Moody in various army orchestras and played in Germany after the war, after which he went to France, where he worked as a professional in Paris for more than 20 years -Jazz musician established.

He studied music at the Paris Conservatory and played in various clubs. Eventually he became resident pianist at the Ringside jazz club (later Blue Note ) in the eighth arrondissement, near the Champs-Elysées . Art Simmons and his trio played there every night from 11pm to 4am. In the Art Simmons trio played bassist Michel Gaudry and guitarists Jean Bonal , Pierre Cavalli , later violinist and guitarist Elek Bacsik and occasionally Léo Petit . Simmons also played in the Mars Club and later for many years in the “ Living Room ” in Paris, where he was the focal point and center of the Afro-American “community” in Paris. In the cinema he was seen in a supporting role as a pianist in Jean-Pierre Melville's Deux hommes dans Manhattan (1959).

Selection discography

As a leader / co-leader

As a sideman

  • Don Byas : Jazz in Paris - Laura (Emarcy)
  • Dizzy Gillespie : Cognac Blues (Emarcy, 1952–53)
  • James Moody: 1948-1949 (Classics)
  • Clark Terry Sextet: Clark Terry (Swing, 1960)

Web links


  1. ^ Obituary by Mr. Arthur Eugene Simmons. In: April 27, 2018, accessed April 30, 2018 .
  2. ^ Whose existence he denied, interview in Ernest Dunbar Black Expatriates 1968