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Marlon Simon

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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Simon is a Venezuelan born percussionist, composer, educatdor and band leader who immigrated to the U.S. bringing with him a fine feel for Latin Jazz and a gift for composition. —Eugene Holley, Billboard.
Primary Instrument

Percussion

Location

Cherry Hill, NJ

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

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

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Albums

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In Case You Missed It
Columbia
2010
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In Case You Missed It
In Case You Missed It
Jazzheads
2007
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Rumba A La Patato
Rumba A La Patato
Cubop
2000
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