Bassist John Sims played his first professional gig at 16 and has since then thoroughly enjoyed playing music, whether jazz or classical. He was a member of the 2006 Arizona All-state jazz band, as well as a member of the Young Sounds of Arizona from 2005-2007, and is featured on one of their CDs. He attended ASU on a full-ride, talent-based scholarship, played in the ASU Concert Jazz Band, as well as the ASU Symphony Orchestra and various other groups. He has gone on to play with some of the most talented musicians in jazz including Michael Kocour and the Soul Advocates, Eric Rasmussen, Eric Schneider, Ohad Talmor, Dan Weiss, Lucas Pino, Tamir Hendelman, Ron McCurdy, and jazz saxophone legend Lee Konitz. John also performs frequently around the valley with other local musicians and as a leader with his own ensembles. He won 2nd place in the classical Arizona Bass Players Concerto Competition and represented Arizona twice in the Grenoble, France Youth World Music festival. John was also honored to be able to perform at the legendary jazz venue the “Jazz Showcase” to open up for jazz master Benny Golson.
As an educator, John’s students (both bass players and other instruments) have frequently performed in some of the highest performance groups available to them in all categories of music including multiple admissions into All-State Jazz Bands and Symphony Orchestras. John enjoys pushing his students to reach new intellectual and musical heights and is very honored and privileged to be working at Scottsdale Community College with some of the young up and coming jazz visionaries. Within the realm of music John also enjoys playing and teaching piano, arranging music, and composing originals. John is also pursuing a degree in Economics at ASU with a minor in Mathematics, which he also enjoys teaching. Some hobbies that he gets to enjoy in his occasional (actually, very rare) spare time are astronomy, and Muay Thai/Kickboxing.