Fred Simon

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Fred Simon
Birth nameFrederick Victor Simon
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1970s–present
LabelsFlying Fish, Windham Hill, Naim, NorthSound
Associated actsSimon & Bard, Sarah Allen, David Onderdonk

Fred Simon (born Frederick Victor Simon) is an American pianist and composer.[1]

Simon first gained recognition with Simon & Bard, the jazz fusion group he founded in Chicago with composer and reed player Michael Bard, drummer Phil Gratteau, and bassist Ken Haebich.[2] The group toured widely[3] and recorded three acclaimed albums[4] including collaborations with Larry Coryell and Ralph Towner.[5] Members of the Simon & Bard group Paul Wertico and Steve Rodby left to join the Pat Metheny Group, and Mark Walker left to join the band Oregon. Simon often performs in the Chicago area with his wife, drummer Sarah Allen, and frequently collaborates with guitarist David Onderdonk.

Discography[edit]

  • Short Story, (Quaver, 1984)
  • Time and the River, (Quaver, 1985)
  • Usually/Always, (Windham Hill, 1988)
  • Open Book, (Columbia, 1991)
  • Twilight with Teja Bell and Paul McCandless (NorthSound, 1996)
  • Summer Nights with Spencer Brewer and Paul McCandless (NorthSound, 1996)
  • Dreamhouse (Naim Audio, 2000)
  • Fred Simon's Interpretation of the Beach Boys, (NorthSound, 2003)
  • Remember The River with Steve Rodby and Paul McCandless, (Naim, 2004)
  • Since Forever with Steve Rodby, Paul McCandless and Mark Walker (Naim, 2009)
  • Reflections with Ira Antelis (Artists and Brands, 2013)

With Simon & Bard

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/1779537-Fred-Simon-3
  2. ^ "Jazz Group Simon & Bard Return to UNLV" The Yellin Rebel University of Las Vegas, Nevada, Issue 13, Volume 2, November 29, 1984 http://digital.library.unlv.edu/objects/reb/6264
  3. ^ "History of Lionel Hampton Festival" Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Feb 23, 1993, page 17.
  4. ^ "Jazz Group Simon & Bard Return to UNLV" The Yellin Rebel University of Las Vegas, Nevada, Issue 13, Volume 2, November 29, 1984 http://digital.library.unlv.edu/objects/reb/6264
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Simon-Bard-Featuring-Larry-Coryell-Musaic/release/3002743