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Welcome to the official site of multi-award-winning Venezuelan pianist and composer Edward Simon. Simon is considered one of the strongest pianists on the jazz scene, part of a new generation of "multilingual" musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz and Latin-American music and who has garnered a unique voice both as composer and instrumentalist. Edward is inventing a language that transcends any rigid genre. 


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Best Latin Releases of 2014 - New York City Jazz Record
Venezuelan Suite
receives 4 and 1/2 stars from Downbeat!
"Venezuelan Suite is pianist Edward Simon's love letter to his homeland, but that's not all it is; it's the perfect confluence of Venezuelan ideals, jazz language and chamber-esque sophistication. In short, it's a masterpiece." - All About Jazz
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Recent News

My dessert island picks 

Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on Jazz 91.1 FM's Dessert Island show. The premise behind the show is for the guest to imagine that he or she was stuck in a dessert island somewhere and to pick 8 music selections of that he or she could listen to, a book and a luxury item. I must say I found this to be a surprisingly difficult exercise. I say this because I consider myself to have a fairly narrow musical taste, yet I found that I could easily choose 8 selections in each category or genre. Visit this link to learn what my 8 musical selections were.  http://kcsm.org/jazzprograms/desertislandcastaways.php

Ed Simon Trio performs at SFJAZZ Center 

I'm so excited to announce that I'll be performing for the first time with my trio at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California August 7-9. Visit the events page to learn more. We will be playing a collection of Latin American pieces that will be featured on my next record Latin Standards Vol. 1. Among the composers will be Astor Piazzola, Tom Jobim, Carlos Gardel, Rafael Hernandez and others. Playing with me will be my long-time coworker Adam Cruz and Joe Martin.  You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear us live!

 

Ed Simon announces his new recording project. 

May 12, 2015 – New York, NY

Venezuelan pianist Edward Simon announces his next recording. Latin Standards Vol. 1
is the first of a series of recordings of Latin American music. Latin Standards Vol. 1
consists of a selections of songs by Latin American composers such as Astor Piazzola,
Carlos Gardel, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Aldemaro Romero among others arranged for
piano trio.  “The music of Latin America, with its infectious rhythms, poetry and passion,
is one of my greatest resources,” says pianist/producer Edward Simon.  “It is replete
with songs which can serve as great vehicles for improvisation.”

Featured on this recording will be Simon’s piano trio, formed by drummer
Adam Cruz and bassist Joe Martin. The resulting is contemporary renditions of this
beautiful pieces by top improvisers. “I’m thrilled to have with me two great musicians.
Together with them I know we will make a unique and strong statement,” says Simon.


To fund the production of Latin Standards Vol. 1, Simon launched a fundraising
campaign on the microphilanthropy site Hatchfund. Hatchfund is a unique online
community where anyone can discover original projects from some of today’s most
innovative artists. The public can browse, learn about the artists and their backgrounds,
and follow or donate to any active project that inspires them. Supporters can give as
little as $1 or as much as they would like and receive a tax deduction as well as
exclusive project “perks” offered by participating artists.

Fundraising for the project continues through June 15th, 2015, with additional
contributions being used to professionally document the recording and count with
participation of special guests artists such as Luciana Souza, Gretchen Parlato and
Rogerio Boccato. All contributions are tax-deductible and project supporters have the
opportunity to receive original artwork in return for their donations. To learn more, visit: !
https://www.hatchfund.org/project/latin_standards_vol_1

Latin Standards Vol. 1 will be released and widely distributed by Sunnyside Records in
January, 2016. The release party will be held at Jazz Standard in New York City, in early
2016.

About Hatchfund:
Hatchfund’s mission is to provide resources and support to the artists who advance
culture and inspire brilliance. Projects on Hatchfund enjoy a 75% success rate. This
crowdfunding service is free for artists with donors helping fund operations with small
additional donations. For more information, visithttp://www.hatchfund.org.

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For additional information, please contact:
Edward Simon
info@edwardsimon.com

Edward Simon among final jurors of the Jazz Fellowship Awards of the APA 

Edward Simon will join distinguished colleagues to serve on the jury of the Jazz Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. The winner will be named the Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association and receive a prize worth over $100,000- the largest in the world for a young American jazz pianist. Finals will be March 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, and will feature the finalists with Dianne Reeves, the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and webcast host Christian McBride. NBC news anchor Lester Holt is the Honorary Chair.The live webcast can be viewed at www.americanpianists.org beginning at 7:30 PM EDT.

Edward Simon is Artist in Residence at the Brubeck Institute 

I'm proud to announce my post as Artist in Residence at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, California. I will be working with a class of five exceptionally talented students. The Brubeck Insititute is a unique program for young musicians interested in jazz. Learn more about the Brubeck Institute here: https://brubeckinstitute.wordpress.com/
I look forward to joining the faculty which includes excellent instructors  such as Stefon Harris.
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