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Pianist Edward Simon’s playlist includes music spanning his thirteen years with the SFJAZZ Collective, beginning with his inaugural season in 2010 dedicated to the work of Antônio Carlos Jobim, and features his own compositions and arrangements as well as those by Miguel Zenón, Obed Calvaire, and Robin Eubanks.
Edward Simon was born in the coastal town of Punta Cardón, Venezuela, where he grew up in a family of musicians. Settling in New York City in 1989, he played with numerous jazz masters, including Herbie Mann, Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard and Don Byron. He has produced fifteen critically acclaimed albums as a leader for Sunnyside, CAM JAZZ, Criss Cross, and various other labels. His 2016 album Latin American Songbook won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, and his 2018 release Sorrows and Triumphs was declared “unmissable” in Nate Chinen’s “Take Five” column at WBGO.org. His latest album is 25 Years, a curated career retrospective documenting his quarter century of music.
EDWARD SIMON’S PICKS:
“Infinito” – composed by Miguel Zenón
“Waters of March” – composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, arranged by Obed Calvaire
“Spain” – composed by Chick Corea, arranged by Edward Simon
“Feel the Groove” – composed by Edward Simon
“More Than Meets the Ear” – composed by Robin Eubanks
“Perseverance” – composed by Edward Simon