From: FL, United States
Genre: Jazz, Classical, Latin
The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music.
Simon made his first recording as a leader in 1994 (Beauty Within, Audioquest), giving birth to the Edward Simon Trio–- the same year he was finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Since then he found and currently leads several jazz ensembles such as: the Edward Simon Quartet, Ensemble Venezuela and Afinidad (Co-founded with David Binney). Today, the members of the Edward Simon Trio are among the most prominent improvising musicians, making it a leading voice in jazz with five recordings and recent performances at such well-known venues as the Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, 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). He has appeared as guest artist on numerous recordings, including Paquito D'Rivera's Grammy-award winning Funk Tango (Best Latin Jazz Album, 2007) and several Grammy-award nominated albums.
His performing career spans 20 years of international touring as pianist with prominent artists and ensembles including the Don Byron Quartet, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paquito D’Rivera and John Patitucci.
In 2010 Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is currently 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.