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Jared Sims

  • Guest Artist/Teacher in Jazz & Classical Saxophone, Assistant Director of Jazz Studies
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2765
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  • Mailing Address: Fine Arts Center, D201
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


JARED SIMS performs on all of the saxophones as well as clarinet and flute. He has toured throughout the United States and in Europe, South America, and India.

Sims has more than a decade of experience teaching saxophone and jazz at the college level. He has directed the University of Rhode Island Big Band at Newport Jazz Festival in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He co-founded the Jazz Camp at Newport in 2015, which is a summer camp for high school musicians. He has taught all levels of saxophone (both jazz and traditional) as well as Jazz History, jazz combos, big band, woodwind methods, and Music 101.

Sims has directed All State bands in Rhode Island and New Hampshire and has given clinics and master classes at the U.S. Navy International Saxophone Symposium, Cornell University, New Hampshire All State, Emerson College, the U.S. Navy Base in Norfolk, Universidad San Francisco De Quito (Ecuador), Boston Day and Evening Academy, Maine All-State Jazz Festival, Limmud Conference (Nottingham, England), West Virginia University, and St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada).

Sims has performed live with an array of artists that include Han Bennink, Cecil McBee, Bob Brookmeyer, Stefon Harris, Temptations, Four Tops, Melvin Sparks, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), DJ Logic, Kiddus I, Matisyahu, the 10,000 Maniacs, and Noel Gallagher. Sims has also performed with large ensembles such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He has been involved in jazz recording projects with Antonio Sanchez, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, and Matt Wilson.

Sims has played Montreal Jazz Festival, Cleveland’sTri-C Jazz Festival, Flint (Michigan) Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival (Boston), New Haven (Connecticut) Jazz Festival, Quito Jazz Festival (Ecuador), Telluride (Colorado) Jazz Festival, and Northsea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

Sims has appeared on more than 35 different recordings crossing multiple genres. His newest jazz recording The New Stablemates was released in 2012 on the Arabesque Records label and features Eric Bloom on trumpet (from the bands Pretty Lights, Lettuce, and Soulive), as well as bassist Dave Zinno and drummer Steve Langone. The New Stablemates contains several of Sims’s original compositions as well as some obscure standards. Sims has a trio recording with Zinno and Langone entitled Convergence that was released in 2011. His organ trio recording Acoustic Shadow with Rusty Scott on organ and Luther Gray on drums was released in 2009.

Sims has performed on three recordings that were awarded four stars in DownBeat Magazine – Blueprint Project featuring Cecil McBee and Matt Wilson, People I Like with Han Bennink, and the Dead Cat Bounce recording Home Speaks to the Wandering.

Sims earned a doctorate in woodwind performance from Boston University. His primary research topic was the Italian composer Berio and his Sequenza pieces. Other research was done in the areas of Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and American popular music. Sims studied jazz and improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music where he had the opportunity to study with the legendary composers George Russell and Gunther Schuller, the MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Ran Blake, and jazz powerhouses George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi. Sims earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University with studies in jazz and concert saxophone.

Currently a guest artist/teacher at University of Rhode Island, Sims has taught previously at the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University.

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  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Boston University
  • Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music
  • Bachelor of Music, West Virginia University


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