Richard Simon 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. Richard toured Japan and recorded with Ken Peplowski's “Last Swing of the Century,” a Benny Goodman-styled big band. His recording highlights include “Bophead,” with vibraphonist Dave Pike; “Evening Delight,” with Plas Johnson, and 2006's “How About Me,” led by Ernie Andrews & Houston Person. He's recorded three--so far--on his own UFO- BASS label: “Groove Therapy,” “Covering the Basses,” and “Pacific Standard Time.” New in summer 2006 is “The Buddy Collette Big Band - Live at El Camino College” (UFO Bass #006). The tape of this performance from 1990 was lost, then found, and fortunately, restored. It features four of LA's most respected jazz artists--Red Callender (tuba), Thurman Green (trombone), Allen Jackson (bass) and Bobby Bryant (trumpet).


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Bass, acoustic

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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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