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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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Trio Live in New York Available Now!


 



"Best Releases of 2013" - AllAboutJazz.

Some artists maintain a busy release schedule, putting out an album a year—sometimes, in the case of musicians like guitarist Bill Frisell, even more frequently—while others, for a variety of reasons, are less prolific. Pianist Edward Simon has, in recent years, been issuing albums with broader distribution under his own name—which automatically discounts 2010's independently released but undeniably fine Danny Boy—about once every three years on labels ranging from The Netherlands' Criss Cross to Italy's Cam Jazz".
Read the complete review on AllAboutJazz
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Recent News

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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