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Edward Simon Trio

Pizza Express Dean Street
20:00, 23 September 2011

Address
10 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RW
Telephone
0845 6027 017
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Tickets
£17.50

Performers
Edward Simon, Piano
Michael Coady, Bass
Stephen Keogh, Drums

This is the second concert in the Edward Simon Trio's three-night run (22-24 September 2011) at Pizza Express Dean Street.

While he may be considered part of a new generation of "multilingual" musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz and Latin-American music, Edward Simon is inventing a language that transcends any rigid genre.  Born in Cardón, Venezuela where he grew up in a musical family surrounded by the sounds and rhythms of Latin and Caribbean music, Edward moved to the United States in 1984 to study classical music and by the time he was in his late teens he was travelling the world as a sideman to prominent jazz and Latin musicians.

His performing career spans 20 years of international touring as pianist with prominent artists and ensembles including Greg Osby, Jerry Gonzalez, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Mann, Kevin Eubanks and Paquito D’Rivera. In 1989 Edward took the piano chair in Bobby Watson’s influential group Horizon (1989-94), later moving to the Terence Blanchard Group (1994-2002).  His recent collaborations include Don Byron, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paquito D'Rivera and John Patitucci.  He is currently a member of the SF Jazz 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.

He has recorded 10 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 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 Edward was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Composition. In 2011 he was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship – an honour awarded for artistic excellence and previously given to Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.

As well as showcasing some of his most recent compositions, this unique sounding trio will perform material from the new CD Danny Boy, Edward's latest trio effort, which is an evocative example of his ability to take the listener into a journey of sonic landscapes. Danny Boy is a rare opportunity to hear one of the leading pianists of today work his exceptional musicality through select standards and Irish and Venezuelan folk songs.

"Mr. Simon's touch, light and warm, allows for his music to drift calmly, taking its time to get to where it has to go" – The New York Times.

"Simon is an important presence on the jazz and world music scene" – Los Angeles Times.

Edward Simon Trio