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
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.