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Simon, Alan (Joseph)

Simon, Alan (Joseph), pianist, educator, arranger, composer; b.  New York City, NY, 11 January 1955. His parents are Abe and Pauline Simon. His siblings are Lewis, Harvey, Harris (a pianist and composer).

Alan studied with Richard Wexler-Queensboro Community College, NYC (1970-2), Frank Foster, John Carisi, Carl Schachter, George Perle, and Steve Elmer- Queens College, City University of New York (1972-6). He got his B.A. at City University of New York as a Music Major, Queens College, 1976 (summa cum laude). He also studied with Armen Donelian (1979). Simon first attracted national attention during his years with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra.  He recorded and toured extensively with the band, eventually playing all the major jazz festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States.  Alan's appearances with Hampton included a date at the Vienna Opera House, and a concert at Carnegie Hall, where Hampton's quartet was backed by a symphony orchestra. Alan has shared the stage with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Tate.  He has also backed up Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Slam Stewart, George Coleman, Toots Thielemans, Anita O'Day, Panama Francis, Mel Lewis, Major Holley, Howard McGhee, Lee Konitz, and Al Grey. He's also played with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

In the mid-1980s, the Alan Simon trio traveled to Chile on a tour sponsored by the American Embassy.  The group performed and taught workshops throughout the country. He's done live performances in Italy, France, Germany and South America (1984-86). As a youth growing up in New York City, Alan studied both classical and jazz piano intensively. Now a resident of Millerton, New York, a semi-rural town about two hours from midtown Manhattan, Alan continues to perform, teach, and record.  He is a member of the faculty of the Westport School of Music, and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. 

As a teacher, he's been a Faculty Member for Jazz Piano Instruction, at the Westport School Of Music, Westport, Connecticut, 1991-present. He's also been an Associate Instructor in Jazz Piano and small combo, at Hotchkiss School Music Department, Lakeville, Connecticut 1997-present. He's been offering private instruction for over 20 years in Improvisation, Jazz, Classical Music, and Vocal Coaching. He's also conducted clinics in Chile.

Rainsplash (featuring Ralph Lalama) (1986); The Present (1997); Without A Song (1998)
As sideperson:
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra: Sentimental Journey (1986); Cadence All Stars: Lee's Keys Please (1989); Steve Brien: Token Entry (1996); Paul Aston Group: Exactly Where I Am At This Moment (1998); Nicole Pasternak: Don't GO, Don't Leave, Please Stay (1998); James Chirillo: Sultry Serenade (2000)

Radio and television broadcasts:
With Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Major Holley and Panama Francis: Midday Live with Bill Boggs WNYW April 9, 1986 (DVD available). Alan Simon Trio-TV Show Broadcast for Documentary on Jazz in Chile- Musicalmente, December 9, 1986 Santiago de Chile w/ Pat O'Leary (bass) and Tom Melito  (drums DVD available).

Movie Soundtracks: "Poor Butterfly" w/ Lionel Hampton Orchestra and quintet, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1985), "Joey Breaker" w/ Paul Aston (Composer and Bassist) Winner of the Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival.(Distributed by Paramount Home Video) NYC (1992); Documentary; "Live at the Apollo Theatre" Lionel Hampton performance and interview with Phil Schaap (1986)

... Published Piano Arrangement-2003 Piano Today (Winter 2003 Issue) "Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eeaters" by Billy Strayhorn
... Published Music Book- 2002 Beautiful Christmas Piano- 12 Easy and Elegant Solos for the 12 Days of Christmas (Contributor) 4 Piano Arrangements. Ekay Music Inc. 333 Adams St. Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (Distributed by Warner Brothers)
...  Published Piano Arrangement 2001 Sheet Music Magazine Vol.25, #3, (May 2001 Issue) Special Arrangement:  "No Moon At All" by Redd Evans, Words by Dave Mann
...  Feature Article and Published Piano Arrangement 1999 Piano Today (Summer 99 Issue) "The Jazzy Side of Leonard Bernstein" A Bernstein Beauty: "Lucky To Be Me" by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
...  Published Piano Arrangement 1999 Piano Today  (Fall 99 Issue)"Daydream"  By Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington
...  Published Piano Arrangement 1999 Sheet Music Magazine  Vol 23, #4, (July 99 Issue) Special Arrangement:  "You Always Hurt The One You Love" by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
...Published Piano Arrangement 1998 Piano Today  (Winter 97/98 Issue) "My Ship" by Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin..] Contributor Music Book:  "505 Great Piano Intros" (Ekay Publishers 2001) Piano Solo Sheet Music Series 1990  "Rudy's Tail" by Alan Simon.  Second Floor Music, A Don Sickler Production
...Poughkeepsie News:  Alan Simon: Artist of the Month Profile, 1997
...New York Times  "Jazz Is Joining the Masters At Westport Music School" 10/13/91
...El Mercurio  Santiago de Chile "Con Jam Session Seran Conciertos de Alan Simon" 12/5/86
...El Sur "En Concepcion:Manana actua The Alan Simon Jazz Trio" 11/24/86, Chile
...International Musician, Interview with Lionel Hampton, 6/86
...New York Times, "A Couple of Artists Come Back To Jazz" 10/24/82, by Procter Lippincott

Individual Artists' Fellowship Grant for Music Composition. New York Foundation for the Arts 1995-1996

Contact information:
Alan Simon
5903 South Elm Avenue, Box 526
Millerton, New York  12546
Phone: (518) 789-6695 or (212) 606-4018

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