Zahria Sims

Saxophonist, Writer, Composer

Drop Shadow

In 2019, Zahria founded The Zahria Sims Collective, an ensemble that focuses on Black American Music, which incorporates aspects traditionally associated with Jazz, Funk, Soul, and R&B. They play regularly in the Greater New Orleans area and are preparing to release their debut album in 2024. Sims leads her band while recording and performing with various bands as a freelance saxophonist throughout New Orleans and surrounding areas.

Zahria has opened up for artists such as Kenny Garrett, Arturo Sandaval, and has performed and been mentored by artists like Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Emmy and Grammy award-winner Michael Esneault, and performed with the likes of Matt Wilson, Camille Thurman, Tia Fuller, Quiana Lynell and many more. Zahria was selected and performed as a member of the 2020 JEN Conference “Sisters in Jazz” Collegiate Combo, under the leadership of Tia Fuller. Sims has toured with musical acts such as 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition winner Quiana Lynell, and the Grammy-nominated band The Rumble.

As an artist, performer, composer, educator, and band leader, Zahria is fulfilling her dream and purpose spreading joy, love, and peace through music.

About Me

Zahria Sims is a young saxophonist, composer, recording artist and bandleader who discovered her love for music at an early age. Zahria’s passion for music is a reflection of her upbringing; both her parents are musicians well versed in the gospel genre.

Zahria is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she is now based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has immersed herself in the rich culture and musical heritage of the city and is excited about the future of its musical climate and her role in that story.

Zahria graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Music Industries. At Loyola, she participated in the Jazz Band, Contemporary Ensemble, and Concert Band. She has performed at major events and festivals such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the National Fried Chicken Festival, Gentilly Fest and performs a weekly residency at the Jazz Playhouse with Big Sam’s Funky Nation.

Upcoming Events

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For Bookings:

Phone: (225) 937-5474


Available for:

♪ Holiday Parties

♪ Private Events

♪ Corporate Events

♪ Fundraisers

♪ Concerts

(Jazz, Gospel, R&B, NeoSoul, etc.)


Loyola University New Orleans

Senior Recital

March 28, 2022

Black Right Arrow

Loyola University New Orleans

Junior Recital

November 21, 2021

Black Right Arrow

Zahria Sims

Saxophone, Writer, Composer