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Michael Simon

Michael Simon's exposure to music started at a very young age. His father, Hadsy Simon, a guitarist and singer (who started it all), and his brothers Edward (pianist) and Marlon (drummer) kept the music environment in the house and supported him throughout his studies.

At the age of fourteen, Michael started taking trumpet lessons as well as musical theory and solfege lessons at a local music school in Valencia (Venezuela), and later started gaining on-stage experience playing with local (popular music) bands. Troughout this period, his brothers encouraged him to listen to Jazz, which drove him to a desire for new goals. And while on vacation in Curacao visiting his father, Michael had the opportunity to attend his first Jazz Festival where he ended up shocked after hearing the legendary cuban group Irakere.

In 1991, Michael went to cuba to study music at the Escuela de Superacion Profesional “Ignacio Cervantes”, which he attended for two years. During his research in Cuba he had many private lessons with amaizing trumpetters like: Juan Munguia, Roberto Garcia, El Greco, Jose Alberto Varona, Alfredo Pichardo and others.

Looking for a school with a jazz program, as he got more and more interest in jazz, Michael decided to spend some time with his father in Curacao, where he started working as a professional trumpetter with local jazz and latin bands.

It wasn't until 1993, that he was auditioned by Jan Laurens Hartong and Eric Calmes (teachers at the Rotterdams Conservatory) and admitted him to study in the jazz department; when he moved to The Netherlands. In 1998 he obtained his degree of D.M. (bachelour) for trumpet and started another course on composing and arranging in the same school. Throughout this period, working as a professional trumpetter in The Netherlands, Michael had the opportunity to perform in the most important theaters, concert halls and festivals. In the summer of 1997 he made his first appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival as a member of the Fra Fra Big Band and the following year with Gerardo Rosales's Latin Jazz Ensemble, he has been a steady member of these groups since 1996 as well as of Fra Fra Sound.

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”This recording was more labour of love than chance meeting” —Mike Hobart - Financial Times(.com)

“one of the best Latin jazz albums of the year” Oscar Groomes —O's Place Jazz Newsletter

“New York Encounter displays a broad swatch of Simon’s musical abilities, bringing together all the influences of his community connections” —Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner

Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Location

Rotterdam

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Asian Connection

Asian Connection

No Black Tie Records
2018

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Destiny's Will

Destiny's Will

No Black Tie Records
2015

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New York Encounter

New York Encounter

Fresh Sound Records
2010

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Revelacion

Revelacion

Munich Records
2006

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New York Encounter

New York Encounter

Michael Simon
New York Encounter

Juliana Bridge Bomba-Blues

Juliana Bridge Bomba-Blues

Michael Simon
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