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Mark Simon couples jazz experience with a myriad of jazz influences to create a style of playing and writing that offers a mature outlook while pushing his work out to the edge. Simon, a Chicago-born Cub fan, has been playing jazz for over 30 years, starting somewhat inauspiciously by playing along with old Jazz At The Philharmonic records from his father’s massive and eclectic record collection, which ran the gamut from early jazz master Louis Armstrong to avant-garde Cecil Taylor. By 13, Mark was listening to Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and other jazz legends while his school chums were gearing up to Led Zeppelin. Young Simon soon graduated to jazz sessions, further honing his keyboard skills while beginning to play occasional jazz gigs

Album

Squirmin'

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Launching Pad; Bu's Box; Joaquin; Lickity-Split; Wheaty Bowl; What If All?; Balladesque; The Chimento Files

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Article: Album Review

Jazz WORMS: Squirmin'

Read "Squirmin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Denver-based quintet Jazz WORMS recorded its first album, Crawling Out, in 1987. Based on the time it took to record a second, Squirmin', they may as well be called the Jazz SNAILS. To be fair, there are reasons why the next go-round took so long to materialize, the most conspicuous being success. In '87 the ...

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News: Event

Underground Legend Richi James Debonis (a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin) Brings His Nowtet To Denver's Dazzlejazz Club, Thursday, July 11

Virtuoso drummer, composer, arranger, vocalist and underground legend Richard James DeBonis — a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin — brings his incomparable NOWtet for a very rare appearance to Denver's DazzleJazz Club on Thursday, July 11, 2013. The group will perform Richi's own compositions, along with his remarkably varied, accomplished arrangements of classic Led Zeppelin songs for contemporary ...

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Article: Interview

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3[Editor's Note: The second part of Florence Wetzel's extensive interview with Ron Miles covers the Colorado-based trumpeter's early performance years, and begins a chronological look at all of his solo releases, beginning with Distance for Safety (Prolific Records, 1987) and concluding with Heaven (Sterling Circle, 2002), his ...

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News: Music Industry

Portland Jazz Pianist Mark Simon Needs Liver Transplant

Portland Jazz Pianist Mark Simon Needs Liver Transplant

Portland Jazz Pianist Mark Simon is working with the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) to raise funds for his out of pocket expenses relating to his pending liver transplant. Although Mark's illness has taken a toll on his quality of life, it has never affected his passion for music. He has been an in-demand professional musician ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Damani Phillips: The String Theory

Read "Damani Phillips: The String Theory" reviewed by Victor Verney


Damani PhillipsThe String TheorySelf Produced2010 The idea of adding strings to a jazz combo has long been a divisive issue among the music's aficionados. It's often disparaged by many purists as a commercial sell-out, similar to the “fusion" concept of marrying jazz with rock. One self-proclaimed hard ...

Album

Portland Nights

Label: Self Produced
Released: 1995


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