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.
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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