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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

A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!

Read "A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 23, Betty and I flew to jny: Los Angeles to attend the L.A. Jazz Institute's semi-annual ode to swinging, this one labeled Big Band Spectacular and slated for Thursday through Sunday, May 25-28. We rearranged our schedule to arrive a day early, even before Wednesday's “bonus" event, to attend the funeral of a longtime ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bright Moments: So Cal Jazz Highlights, 2011

Read "Bright Moments: So Cal Jazz Highlights, 2011" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Southern California's jazz community has taken some brutal hits in the last few years. Too many of the brilliant artists who make the music have passed on, as have the venues they performed in. The Jazz Bakery's shuttering nearly three years ago was a breath- snatching body blow; Charlie Os abrupt closing this past summer stung ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

Read ""Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor" reviewed by Jack Bowers

From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Great Barbara Morrison To Be Honored in "A Benefit Evening of Jazz Legends For Barbara Morrison" at Local 47 Musicians Union in Hollywood, CA on September 11th

Music producers Stuart Elster and Richard Simon will present A Benefit Evening of Jazz Legends for Barbara Morrison, co-hosted by Helen Borgers, on-air talent for KJAZZ 88.1 FM and James Janisse, on-air talent for KCRW 89.9 FM for One Night Only on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Local 47 Musicians Union; 817 Vine Street; Hollywood, CA ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Newport Beach (CA) Summer Jazz Series Begins July 6

Sunset Jazz at Newport, featuring straight ahead jazz from top jazz performers, begins July 6 and will continue for 11 summer Wednesday nights at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel in Southern California. The concerts take place at the outside Rose Garden, with patrons sitting comfortably at tables. There will be two sets, 6 and 7:30. Both ...

Pacific Standard Time

Label: UFO Bass
Released: 2002
Track listing: Avalon; It Could Happen to You; Lullaby of the Leaves; Route 66; On Green Dolphin Street; My Romance; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; As Time Goes By; That

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Simon: Pacific Standard Time

Read "Pacific Standard Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If one harbors any doubt that there is life after seventy (or even eighty!) — and an abundance of swinging Jazz to be produced by those who’ve reached those plateaus — he or she need only listen attentively to bassist Richard Simon’s Pacific Standard Time to erase any such misgivings. While Simon himself is a (relatively) ...

Covering the Basses

Label: UFO Bass
Released: 1999

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Richard Simon: Covering the Basses

Read "Covering the Basses" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Here’s a concept album with a fun concept: a melodic bassist playing the compositions of other bassists. Richard Simon has surrounded himself with top West Coast talent (Buddy Collette, Al Viola, Art Hillery) and made a session that shows the group as well as his technique. It’s a broad spotlight, and everybody gets to shine. Simon’s ...


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