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Art Simmons is a native of Glen White, West Virginia. He was born February 5, 1926. His father was the Rev. Albert E. Simmons of Lester, WV. For a while he was the Paris correspondent for "Jet" magazine. Art Simmons resided in post-war Paris at its heyday. Art first came to Paris in 1947 when he was serving with the 17th Special Services Band of the U.S. Army and stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. He played at the African-American Club, Chez Honey in Montparnasse. The following year he returned to Paris for the annual Jazz festival. In 1949 he recorded his first album with James Moody. It was Moody who introduced Simmons to Kenny Clarke after he left the Army and asettled in Paris. While studying music at the Pa... read more