Edward Simon

Award-winning pianist and composer Edward Simon hails from Venezuela. He made his first recording as a leader in 1994 (Beauty Within, Audioquest), giving birth to the Edward Simon Trio. Since then he founded several other jazz ensembles such as: the Edward Simon Quartet, Ensemble Venezuela and Afinidad. Today, the Edward Simon Trio has become an established voice with five recordings and recent performances at such well-known jazz venues as the Village Vanguard, Jazz Bakery and Casa del Jazz.

Simon has recorded 11 critically acclaimed albums as leader, including two New York Times Top Ten Jazz Records of the Year: Edward Simon (1995) and Simplicitas (2005). His recording Unicity was voted “Best CD of 2007” by DOWNBEAT. He has appeared as guest artist on more than 50 recordings, including Paquito D’Rivera’s Grammy Award winning Funk Tango (Best Latin Jazz Album, 2007) and several Grammy Award nominated albums.

In 2010 Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. That same year he became a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, a prominent musician/composer jazz ensemble dedicated to creating new work and highlighting the music of historically significant jazz composers of the modern era. The Collective is comprised of “eight of the most in-demand” (New York Times) artists performing today.
Simon’s first live album, featuring his trio with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, Live in New York at Jazz Standard was released in April 2013 on Sunnyside Records.

EDWARD SIMON HOUSE OF NUMBERS featuring AFINIDAD and IMANI WINDS

Edward Simon -piano
David Binney -alto saxophone
Scott Colley -bass
Brian Blade -drums

Imani Winds:
Valerie Coleman -flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz -oboe
Mark Dover -clarinet
Jeff Scott -french horn
Monica Ellis -bassoon

One Sheet

Performance Video

EDWARD SIMON TRIO
Adam Cruz -drums
Joe Martin –bass
Edward Simon -piano

Album Press Release

ENSEMBLE VENEZUELA
Adam Cruz -drums
Roberto Koch -bass
Marco Granados -flute
John Ellis -bass clarinet/tenor sax
Jaqueline Rago –cuatro, maracas
Edward Simon -piano

One Sheet

Press Release

PHOTO

Ensemble Venezuela

Ensemble Venezuela

Credit: Christopher Drukker

Edward Simon Trio

Edward Simon Trio

Credit: Christopher Drekken

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

House of Numbers featuring Afinidad and Imani Winds

Edward Simon Trio

Ensemble Venezuela