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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Latest Happenings


Venezuela Unida World Premiere 

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will give the world premiere of Venezuela Unida, a new work by pianist/composer Edward Simon, as well as selected movements from his CMA commissioned Venezuelan Suite. The performances will take place at Symphony Space on October 1st and 2nd at 8pm.

Ed Simon Trio in residence at Brubeck Institute 

I'm so excited to be teaching some of the most talented high school music students from all around the country at the Brubeck Institute's Summer Jazz Colony. I'm thrilled that my trio - with Adam Cruz and Matt Brewer - is the resident ensemble. https://calendar.pacific.edu/event/brubeck_summer_jazz_colony_special_performance#.VcBdBkW0zeI
Learn more about the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colon here.


My dessert island picks 

Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on Jazz 91.1 FM's Dessert Island show. The premise behind the show is for the guest to imagine that he or she was stuck in a dessert island somewhere and to pick 8 music selections of that he or she could listen to, a book and a luxury item. I must say I found this to be a surprisingly difficult exercise. I say this because I consider myself to have a fairly narrow musical taste, yet I found that I could easily choose 8 selections in each category or genre. Visit… Read more

Ed Simon Trio performs at SFJAZZ Center 

I'm so excited to announce that I'll be performing for the first time with my trio at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California August 7-9. Visit the events page to learn more. We will be playing a collection of Latin American pieces that will be featured on my next record Latin Standards Vol. 1. Among the composers will be Astor Piazzola, Tom Jobim, Carlos Gardel, Rafael Hernandez and others. Playing with me will be my long-time coworker Adam Cruz and Joe Martin.  You don't want to miss this… Read more

Ed Simon announces his new recording project. 

May 12, 2015 – New York, NY

Venezuelan pianist Edward Simon announces his next recording. Latin Standards Vol. 1
is the first of a series of recordings of Latin American music. Latin Standards Vol. 1
consists of a selections of songs by Latin American composers such as Astor Piazzola,
Carlos Gardel, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Aldemaro Romero among others arranged for
piano trio.  “The music of Latin America, with its infectious rhythms, poetry and passion,
is one of my greatest resources,” says pianist/producer… Read more

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… Read more

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.