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Richard Simon

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: July 5, 1949    

Richard Simon

Richard left a comfortable position as a college English instructor to pursue the perilous life of a jazz bassist. He received instruction from the LA Philharmonic's Abe Luboff, jazz legend Red Callender, and crossover virtuoso John Clayton, and soon began working with Buddy Collette, Teddy Edwards, Plas Johnson and Art Hillery. Singers dig him too; he has worked frequently with Ernie Andrews, Maxine Weldon, Lorez Alexandria and Sue Raney, and occasionally with Keely Smith, Maria Muldaur, and Rosemary Clooney. From be-bop and mainstream jazz, he branched out into “trad” and swing, playing festivals with the likes of Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Allan Vache, Rebecca Paris, and Joe Ascione...
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Featured recording “Covering the Basses”

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Covering the Basses

(1998)

Primary Instrument:Bass, acoustic

Location:Los Angeles, CA

Willing to teach:Beginners

Credentials/Background:

BA and MA degrees in English Community College Instructor credential Music instructor in JazzAmerica since 1994; now its Program Director (see www.JazzAmerica.org) Two types of instruction available: (1) JazzAmerica classes - Saturdays from May through August - tuition-free - For students 11 to 20 years of age only - Combo and Big Band classes available - Must know how to read music, identify chord symbols, and have some interest in and familiarity with jazz - Classes meet weekly - your commitment is required (2) private/individual instruction on upright bass - all ages welcome - must have your own bass, or the use of one for practice - lessons are one hour @ $50 per hour - weekday afternoons and occasional evenings available in my home
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