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        John Simmons was a valuable bassist on many sessions in the 1940s and '50s. He grew up in Tulsa and in California. Originally a trumpeter for two years, injuries suffered in a football game ended his brass playing. Simmons soon switched to bass, and four months later he was playing professionally. He picked up experience as a member of the very early Nat King Cole Trio and recorded with Teddy Wilson (1937) before moving to Chicago. After stints with Jimmy Bell, King Kolax, Floyd... Read more

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