”Wendy Simon is one of the most inventive vocalists anywhere, has also been enriching our jazz scene for several decades, and for good reasons: She swings, improvises, respects the lyric, and puts on one heck of a show with her good humor and ultra-professional stage presence” by Bruce Klauber of the Broad Street Review. Wendy establishes a strong connection with the audience and has been called, an imaginative tune picker because of her mix of material, including be-bop songs, Brazilian bossas/sambas, and her own jazzy-spin on standards.
She started her career in New York City, appearing in Off-Broadway, as well as regional theaters as an actress/singer. Wendy toured the East Coast with a rock/show band, which led to her settling in the Philadelphia Area. She studied music with Philly bassist, Al Stauffer and sang in Philly's legendary Borgia Cafe every weekend for a year with pianist Bob Cohen and Bassist Tyrone Brown. She has performed in many clubs throughout Europe and Casablanca, Morocco and the East Coast.
Wendy teamed up with Eric Spiegel in 1980 and they became known as 52nd Street. They appeared at “The Village Gate” in New York City, “Starlight Room” in Boston, “Harrah’s” in Atlantic City, and many clubs in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan area.
With the release of their album, “Scrapple to the Apple” on Inner City Records, “52nd Street” earned international recognition for their swinging, be-bop, scat- singing style. They opened for McCoy Tyner and were featured at the Willingboro Jazz Festival and Penn's Landing Concert Series.