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Edward Simon

Born: July 27, 1969    Primary Instrument: Piano

Edward Simon

The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians.

He attended the Philadelphia Performing Arts School, graduating at 15, then received a music scholarship from the University of the Arts where he studied classical music with concert pianist Susan Starr. Later he transferred to the Manhattan School of Music where he studied jazz piano with Harold Danko.

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Awards:

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship (2010)
  • Chamber Music America, New Works: Creation and Presentation (2008)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts: Fellowship in Music Composition (2008)
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board & US Department of State, Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Grant (2008)
  • State of Florida Music Composition Fellowship (2007)
  • Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award nominee: Viva (CAM Jazz) (2007)
  • US Artists International (2006)
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Jazz Composition (2005)
  • Chamber Music America, New Works: Creation and Presentation (2004)
  • International Association of Jazz Educators, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (2004)
  • International Association of Jazz Educators, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (1999)
  • Seven Arts Magazine, Rising Star Award (1997)
  • Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, 3rd prize (1994)
  • University of the Arts School of Music, Alumni Achievement Award (1993)
Mr. Simon's touch, light and warm, allows for his music to drift calmly, taking its time to get to where it has to go. —The New York Times

He doesn't go in for dazzle and fleet-fingered runs but contents himself with digging in and mining the music for drama and invention. He often turns these rural sounds into deep emotional statements. —Jazz Journal International

Simon is an important presence on the jazz and world music scene. —Los Angeles Times

As A Leader Poesia(CAM Jazz, 2009) Edward Simon, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
Oceanos (Criss Cross Jazz, 2007)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; David Binney: alto sax; Brian Blade: drums; Pernell Saturnino: percussion; Scott Colley: bass; Adam Rogers: guitars; Luiciana Souza: vocals.
Unicity(CAM Jazz, 2006)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; John Patitucci: bass; Brian Blade: drums.
Simplicitas(Criss Cross Jazz, 2005)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; Adam Cruz: drums, steel drum; Avishai Cohen: bass; Pernell Saturnino: percussion; Luciana Souza: vocals; Adam Rogers: guitars.
Fiestas de Agosto(Red Records, 2004)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; David Binney: alto sax; Donny McCaslin: woodwinds.
The Process(Criss Cross Jazz, 2003)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; John Patitucci: bass; Eric Harland: drums.
Afinidad(Red Records, 2001)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; Brian Blade: drums; Adam Cruz: steel drum; Scott Colley: bass; Lucia Pulido: vocals; Adam Rogers: guitars.
La Bikina(Mythology Records, 1998)
Personnel:Edward Simon: piano; David Binney: alto sax; Adam Cruz: durms; Ben Street: bass; Mark Turner: tenor sax; Pernell Saturnino: percussion; Milton Cardona: percussion, vocals; Diego Urcola: trumpet.
Edward Simon(Kokopelli Records, 1995)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; Adam Cruz: drums; Mark Turner: tenor sax; Larry Grenadier: bass; Cafe De Silva: percussion; Milton Cardona: percussion.
Beauty Within(Audioquest, 1994)
Personnel: Edward Simon: piano; Anthony Jackson: electric bass; Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: drums; Diego Urcola: trumpet.

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Orange City, FL

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Pianist Edward Simon is an experienced educator who has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and workshops around the world, including the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada (2008); the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki (2006); NOCA, New Orleans, LA (2006); Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; East Stroudsburg University, PA; the Music Conservatory at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, MI; City College of New York; EAFIT Universidad Abierta, Medellín, Colombia, WMF Jazz Summer School and Arts Festival, Certaldo, Italy (2008|2009) and the Cork Music Academy, Cork, Ireland (2010). In 2009 Simon was a guest lecturer at New York University, discussing the compositional process of his “Venezuelan Suite”. In 2008 Simon was visiting professor at IUDEM, Caracas, Venezuela, as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program. He has worked as adjunct faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (1996-2001) and currently teaches students from the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York. Simon has twice received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education (International Association of Jazz Educators, 1999 & 2004). In 2007, he was guest resident artist at Ursinus College and guest lecturer at Rutgers University. This year he was resident artist with the Simón Bolivar Big Band in Caracas, Venezuela and at Langnau Jazz Nights Festival, Langnau, Switzerland. Currently, Simon is Visiting Jazz Artist at Western Michigan University. In an ensemble setting, Edward shows students how to develop a group sound and the necessary listening skills to play in a more interactive way. He teaches students how to correctly interpret and incorporate Latin American rhythms and styles into a jazz setting. Utilizing improvisation as a basis, Simon shows students how the compositional process can be instrumental in finding your voice as a player. Simon has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010) and a MacDowell Fellowship (2011). He is currently a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, a prominent musician/composer jazz ensemble dedicated to creating new work and highlighting the music of historically significant jazz composers of the modern era. The Collective is comprised of “eight of the most in-demand” (New York Times) artists performing today. Edward Simon teaches privately. Hourly rate: $150

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Conducted clinics on jazz piano, improvisation and composition at music schools and universities including: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; The Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland; Conservatorio de Música de San Sebastián, San Sebastian, Spain; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; East Stroudsburg University -Jazz Masters Series, East Stroudsburg, PA; Music Conservatory at University of Missouri, Kansas City, MI; City College of New York, New York, NY; EAFIT Universidad Abierta, Medellín, Colombia. Lecture/presentations on the compositional process of theVenezuelan Suite: New York University, New York, NY (2/26/09); Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA (2007); Stetson University, DeLand, FL (2006).

Edward Simon is a Yamaha artist and currently owns a Steinway & Sons model "M".

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