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Edward Simon

The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians.

He attended the Philadelphia Performing Arts School, graduating at 15, then received a music scholarship from the University of the Arts where he studied classical music with concert pianist Susan Starr. Later he transferred to the Manhattan School of Music where he studied jazz piano with Harold Danko.

25 Years

Label: Ridgeway Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1: Erika; Alma Llanera; Govinda; Fiestas; Simplicity; Pathless Path; Pere; Impossible Question. CD 2: What If?; Aguantando; Caballo Viejo; Barinas; Uninvited Thoughts; Navigator; Gracias A La Vida; Venezuela Unida; Triumphs

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Edward Simon: 25 Years

Read "25 Years" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Edward Simon immigrated to the United States from his native Venezuela while still in his teens. He stayed, and carved out a successful career in music. His fiftieth birthday rolled around, and the artist decided it was time to take a look and listen back. In a musical journey that spans the titular 25 Years, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Edward Simon

Jazz Musician of the Day: Edward Simon

All About Jazz is celebrating Edward Simon's birthday today! The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Warren Wolf: Reincarnated

Read "Warren Wolf: Reincarnated" reviewed by Aaron Paschal

Warren Wolf is a Baltimore-born vibraphonist and a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Reincarnation (2020), his fourth album as leader on Mack Avenue Records, sees Wolf dive into an entirely different side of his musical personality. We got together via ZOOM to talk about his musical influences, how he's staying creative during the COVID pandemic and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Martin: Etoilee

Read "Etoilee" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il contrabbassista Joe Martin, artista solito lavorare con musicisti di primo piano (tra i tanti ricordiamo Chris Potter, Gilad Hekselman, Edward Simon, Anat Cohen e perfino Brad Mehldau), ripropone qui il quartetto del suo disco d'esordio, (Passage, Fresh Sound 2002), con mark Turner ai sassofoni e Kevin Hays alle tastiere, sostituendovi solo il batterista, allora Jorge ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs

Read "Sorrows & Triumphs" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La figura di Edward Simon ha punti di contatto con quella di Guillermo Klein. Entrambi sudamericani sono pianisti, compositori e bandleader residenti da decenni negli Stati Uniti (Simon s'è trasferito dal Venezuela a 12 anni per studiare alla Performing Arts School di Filadelfia) e realizzano personali sintesi tra jazz contemporaneo, folklore dell'America Latina e raffinate soluzioni ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Focus on Mario Pavone & More

Read "A Focus on Mario Pavone & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on master bassist Mario Pavone who, after a life of partnerships with the likes of Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, Thomas Chapin, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich and others of similar status, has come to the fore in recent years with his own releases as leader. In addition a selection of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: January 1969 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: January 1969 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We celebrate Blue Note 50th anniversary recordings from Frank Foster (material never formally released until a CD reissue of Manhattan Fever), Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver. Certamente, there's more--including a 75th anniversary salute to sides by clarinetist Edmond Hall with Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson, and a 78 rpm recording of Blue Note 5 by Earl ...


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