Born: May 20
Randy Simon was born and raised in Los Angeles. Although he had piano lessons for a year as a child, and took classical piano lessons for a period while in graduate school, music took a back seat for many years as he built up a successful career as a physicist. I did not come back to the piano until about 12 years ago when I inherited the grand piano that I grew up with. I had it shipped to the East Coast, completely restored, and I started taking jazz piano lessons. After several years of study with jazz pianist Adrian Cohen, it occurred to me that I was a much more creative writer than I was a pianist. The lessons I took morphed into composition lessons and after a year, I had a handful of tunes that I had written. His teacher suggested that he record the songs with some top local musicians, and that was the beginning of the Randy Simon Jazz Project....
Take Five With...
- Nyhavn Live by Nicholas F. Mondello
- Light It Up by Alexander M. Stern
- Awakening by Alexander M. Stern
Awakening, the third recording of Simon's compositions, not only features outstanding performances by the cream of New York's Capital Region jazz scene, but also well-written, memorable tunes that make this album an exciting listening experience.
Randy Simon's Jazz Project is a rousing success...