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Ravi Abcarian
24 Aug
Nicolas Bearde
19 Oct
Dee Bell
23 Mar
Dave Bendigkeit
06 Jul
Steven Bernstein
30 Mar
Wil Blades
25 May
Terence Blanchard
10 Aug
Larry Coryell
22 Jun
William Dement
14 Dec
Pete Escovedo
21 Dec
Kenny G
20 Apr
Sunna Gunnlaugs
29 Jun
Lorca Hart
16 Mar
  Hiromi
06 Apr
Veronica Klaus
17 Aug
Julian Lage
27 Jul
Hubert Laws
24 Feb
Delfeayo Marsalis
12 Oct
Roy McCurdy
13 Apr
Nika Rejto
16 Nov
Renee Rosnes
26 Oct
Poncho Sanchez
09 Nov
Judi Silvano
13 Jul
Lonnie Liston Smith
02 Nov
Tyshawn Sorey
02 Mar
Terell Stafford
03 Aug
Victoria Theodore
07 Dec
Emil Viklický
15 Jun
Cedar Walton
27 Apr
Peter Williams
01 Jun
Victor Wooten
20 Jul
Peter Zak
08 Jun


Most Recent Castaway - 31st July, 2015
Edward Simon (2015)

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Pianist-composer Edward Simon was born into a musical family in a small coastal town in Venezuela. He graduated from the Philadelphia Performing Arts School at age 15, got a musical scholarship from that city's University of the Arts, majoring in classical piano, and eventually transferred to the Manhattan School of Music.

Edward has been an important presence on the jazz music scene for over two decades, worked with a long list of famous names, including Greg Osby, Jerry Gonzales, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby Watson, Kevin Eubanks, Paquito D'Rivera, and Terence Blanchard.

1994 was a big year for Edward. He was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition (of which he says it was "my first and last competition … it's not my kind of thing.") And he released his first recording as a leader later that same year.

2010 was another big year for Edward. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow, and joined the SFJAZZ collective.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Irakere Bacaloa Con Pan La Semilla Ultra
# 2 Keith Jarrett My Song My Song ECM
# 3 Arvo Pärt Litany Psalom ECM
# 4 Miles Davis Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 'Round Midnight Sony
# 5 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Matrix Blue Note
# 6 Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek and Egberto Gismonti Folk Songs Equilibrista ECM
# 7 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Las Aguas de Mar#231o Verve
# 8 Edward Simon Trio Live in New York at the Jazz Standard Pere Sunnyside
# 9 J.S. Bach Glenn Gould,The Goldberg Variations Aria Music Square/Believe Digital
         
Book Sogyal Rinpoche, "Tibetan Book of Living and Dying"
         
Luxury Item "A comfy blanket"