Born: March 15, 1961
One of the main exponents of Latin Jazz today...
Educator, Percussionist, Composer Marlon Simon was born in the small town of Cardon Venezuela. His first contact with music, at the age of 10, came from his father, a guitarist and vocalist. He always kept the music environment in our house. Whenever we had a visitor my father used to take his guitar out and invite me to join him, playing on a little bongo. Later on, I drove him nuts. When I reached the age of 15, he bought me a set of timbales. I learned most of the Latin rudiments on my own. Listening mostly to dance bands, salsa, merengue and other South American dance music styles helped me begin playing with top local bands in the area...
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Cherry Hill, NJ
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Marlon Simon has appeared in numerous recordings with other well known jazz greats. Parallel to his career as a performer, Simon has also become recognized as an in-demand educator as a specialist in Afro-Caribbean rhythms. He has conducted workshops, master classes and seminars at Temple University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, the New Jersey ABC conference for public school teachers, the University of the Arts and Perkings Center for the Arts. He has also served as an Artist-in-Residence at numerous public and private schools in the tri-state area and abroad. In the year 2000 he was named the distinguished teaching artist in recognition of a history of commitment of excellence in the Arts and Education and for receiving the highest regard of your Arts and Education peers issued by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. In the year 2001 Marlon received The New Jersey Governor's award in Arts and Education. In June 2001 Marlon performed as a guest solo artist and conducted seminars at The Ultimate Drummers weekend, the largest drumming event in the southern hemisphere in Melbourne, Australia. In 2003 Marlon Simon and the Nagual Spirits were selected to present two international concerts representing the excellence of artistry developed in the US sponsored by the fund for the US artist and the State department.