Edward Simon (musician)

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Edward Simon in 2007

Edward Simon (born July 27, 1969, Punta Cardón, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan jazz pianist and composer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Simon was born into a musical family; both his brothers, Marlon and Michael Simon are also noted professional musicians. He was sent to the United States by his father at the age of fifteen to study classical piano at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with Susan Starr. After that, he studied with Harold Danko at the Manhattan School of Music beginning in 1989. As a student he played with Kevin Eubanks and Greg Osby.

Later life and career[edit]

In New York City he played with musicians such as Herbie Mann, Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby Hutcherson, Jerry Gonzalez, John Patitucci, Arturo Sandoval, Manny Oquendo, and Don Byron. He was a member of Bobby Watson's band Horizon from 1989 to 1994, and since 2002 a member of the Terence Blanchard Group. He recorded his first album as a bandleader in 1994. In the same year he was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Then the following year he composed his Rumba Neurotica for the Relache Ensemble. He also composed his Venezuelan Suite on behalf of Chamber Music America.

Simon has played on several Grammy-nominated jazz albums. Besides his trio he also leads the Sexteto Venezuela, the Afinidad Quartet, and the group Simon, Simon & Simon, with his brothers. He teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.

Simon is currently an artist in residence at Western Michigan University.

Discography[edit]

As leader
Year Album Record label Session musicians
1994 Beauty Within AudioQuest Horacio Hernández, Anthony Jackson, Diego Urcola
1995 Edward Simon Kokopelli Larry Grenadier, Adam Cruz, Mark Turner, Milton Cardona
1998 La Bikina Mythology Adam Cruz, Ben Street, Mark Turner, David Binney, Pernell Saturnino, Diego Urcola, Milton Cardona
2001 Afinidad Red David Binney, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, Adam Cruz, Lucia Pulido, Adam Rogers
2003 The Process Criss Cross John Patitucci, Eric Harland
2005 Fiestas de Agosto Red David Binney, Donny McCaslin
2005 Simplicitas Criss Cross Avishai Cohen, Adam Cruz, Luciana Souza, Adam Rogers, Pernell Saturnino
2006 Unicity CAM Jazz John Patitucci, Brian Blade
2007 Océanos Criss Cross David Binney, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, Luciana Souza, Adam Rogers, Shane Endsley, Jesse Newman, Alan Ferber, Pernell Saturnino
2009 Poesia CAM Jazz John Patitucci, Brian Blade
2010 Danny Boy Audio & Video Labs Philip Donkin, Stephen Keogh
2013 Live in New York at Jazz Standard Sunnyside John Patitucci, Brian Blade
2014 Venezuelan Suite Sunnyside -
2016 Latin American Songbook Sunnyside[2] -
As sideman

With Greg Osby

With Terence Blanchard

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Edward Simon | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Edward Simon | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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