Sims regularly performs in the Pittsburgh area as well as Richmond, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston. He has recently headlined clubs as far away as Seattle, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur.
As a scholar, Sims has recently written articles and contributed in JazzEd, JazzTimes and DownBeat magazines. He is the Artistic Director for the Jazz Camp at Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. He directed university ensembles at Newport Jazz Festival five different times.
He holds jazz degrees from West Virginia University and New England Conservatory. He completed his doctorate in classical performance at Boston University with research topics including Luciano Berio, Stravinsky, and Ives.
He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University and previously taught at four other universities. For more info, visit www.jaredsims.com.