Andy Simpkins

born on 29/4/1932 in Richmond, IN, United States

died on 2/6/1999 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Alias Andrew Simpkins

Andy Simpkins

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Andy Simpkins

Andy Simpkins (April 29, 1932 - June 2, 1999) was an American jazz bassist.

Born Andrew Simpkins in Richmond, Indiana, he first became known as a member of the group The Three Sounds, with which he performed from 1956 to 1968.[1] After that, until 1974, he was a member of pianist George Shearing's group, and from 1979 to 1989 toured with singer Sarah Vaughan. Throughout and after that time, during which he settled in Los Angeles, Simpkins became respected as a top-quality bassist and widely known as a solid and reliable studio musician.[1] He performed with singers Carmen McRae and Anita O'Day, instrumentalists Gerald Wiggins, Monty Alexander, Buddy DeFranco, Don Menza, and Stéphane Grappelli, and many others. He recorded three albums as a leader.[1] He also played acoustic bass on the 1997 Cover Album recording, In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, by artist Pat Boone.

Simpkins died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles.[2]


With The Three Sounds

  • 1958: Introducing the 3 Sounds
  • 1958: Branching Out with Nat Adderley
  • 1959: Bottoms Up!
  • 1959: LD + 3 with Lou Donaldson
  • 1959: Good Deal
  • 1960: Moods
  • 1960: Feelin' Good
  • 1960: Here We Come
  • 1960: It Just Got to Be
  • 1960: Blue Hour with Stanley Turrentine
  • 1961: Hey There
  • 1961: Babe's Blues
  • 1962: Out of This World
  • 1962: Black Orchid
  • 1962: Blue Genes
  • 1962: The Three Sounds Play Jazz on Broadway
  • 1963: Anita O'Day & The Three Sounds
  • 1963: Jazz on Broadway
  • 1963: Some Like It Modern
  • 1964: Live at the Living Room
  • 1964: Three Moods
  • 1965: Beautiful Friendship
  • 1966: Today's Sounds
  • 1966: Vibrations
  • 1967: Live at the Lighthouse
  • 1968: Coldwater Flat
  • 1968: Elegant Soul

With Kenny Burrell

  • Up the Street, 'Round the Corner, Down the Block (Fantasy, 1974)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • Ins and Outs (Palo Alto, 1982)

With Pat Boone

  • 1997 In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [Andy Simpkins at All Music Guide allmusic biography]
  2. "Last Post: Andy Simpkins". (Web site Jazz House)

External links

  • Lees, Gene. "Andy Simpkins". (Web site all about jazz)
  • [Andy Simpkins at All Music Guide Yanow, Scott. "Andy Simpkins". (Web site allmusic)]
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