Many jazz pianists play tunes from the Great American Songbook, that beloved canon of standards from the early 20th century. But pianist Edward Simon has chosen to focus on another great collection of American standards for his newest album, Latin American Songbook.”

Michelle Mercer, NPR Music

Edward Simon trio

The Edward Simon Trio stands its ground as one of the top piano trios today. It is formed by some of the most highly regarded musicians on the jazz scene today. Drummer Adam Cruz, a long-time musical associate who has appeared on several of Simon's recordings including his critically acclaimed album Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside Records, 2014) and bassist Joe Martin, whose is known for his collaborations with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jane Monheit, Guillermo Klein, and Mark Turner, among others. Cruz's association with Simon goes back to 1995 when he appeared on Simon's second release as a leader, the highly acclaimed Edward Simon (Kokopelli Records). The three share many affinities and a profound understanding of form and the various multi-cultural currents that inform jazz today. After several years of touring in the US, Europe, and Japan they have formed a strong bond that is heard in their performances. After three critically acclaimed recordings with his all-star trio, Unicity, Poesía and Trio Live in New York at Jazz Standard, Simon now places his focus on this exceptional trio dedicated to playing Simon's compositions and arrangements of Latin American standards. Their 2016 recording for Sunnyside Records, entitled Latin American Songbook, brims with lyricism, color and groove, giving instrumental voice to songs originally made famous by such singers as Caetano Veloso, Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Latin American Songbook also won Simon an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.