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Andy Simpkins


A trusted bassist for many years, Andy Simpkins was on the many live periods and record schedules over time. He originally performed clarinet and piano, switching to bass in 1953 within the Military. Simpkins found popularity through his association with Gene Harris, as an original person in the 4 Noises in 1956; the group became the 3 Noises the following season. Simpkins used the favorite soul-jazz music group throughout its leading years, until 1968. Next for the bassist was an extended association with George Shearing (1968-1974). He also proved helpful within the studios, toured with Sarah Vaughan (on / off beginning in 1979), and was a longtime fixture within the Los Angeles region. A regular person in the Gerald Wiggins Trio for a long time, Simpkins documented with (among numerous others) Stéphane Grappelli, Monty Alexander, Don Menza, Pal DeFranco, Wiggins, Vaughan, Shearing, and undoubtedly the 3 Noises. As a head, he produced two schedules (1983 and 1989) for Breakthrough and something for MAMA (1990). Andy Simpkins passed away of stomach cancers in LA on June 2, 1999.

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Full Name Andy Simpkins
Died June 2, 1999, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Bassist
Nationality American
Music Groups The Three Sounds
Music Songs Sittin' Duck, Now's the Time, Cry Me a River, Walls Of Respect, Only Trust Your Heart, It Was a Very Good Year, Book of Slim, Willow Weep For Me, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Love for Sale, June Night, Still I'm Sad, Angel Eyes, Someday My Prince Will Come, That's All, Satin Doll, Sonnymoon for Two, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, Black Orchid, Blue Bells, Tammy's Breeze, Just Squeeze Me, I Could Write a Book, The Look of Love, Makin' Bread Again, Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You, Girl of My Dreams, A Foggy Day, Why Am I Treated So Bad, You Make Me Feel So Young, Makin' Whoopee, Tenderly
Albums Elegant Soul, Introducing the 3 Sounds, Out of This World, Black Orchid, Race Point, My Kind of Trouble (feat. Joe Pass, Art Hillery, Andy Simpkins & Ronnie Bedford), Moods

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The Man Who Loved Women 1983 Andrew Simpkins

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Opens Wednesday 1980 Short musician - as Andy Simpkins



Olympic Gala 1984 TV Special documentary The Olympic Jazz All Stars (as Andy Simpkins)

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Great Women Singers of the 20th Century: Sarah Vaughan 2005 Video Himself - Bass

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