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Simon, Richard

Simon, Richard, acoustic (upright) bass; b. Kansas City, MO, 5 July 1949. His siblings are Ruth Luban, Judy Kamm, Evelyn Warshawski, and Dave Simon.

He got his Master of Arts (English) from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 1973. Before age 30, he had no prior jazz or bass instructions. His teachers then were LA Philharmonic bassist Abe Luboff (1980-82), Red Callender (1983-88), and John Clayton. He's done tours of Turkey, Greece, Italy & Spain (for US State Dept.) 1986, Hawaiian islands (led a trio) 1988-91, Spain and France (w/ Ernie Andrews) 1994, and Japan (Concord/Fujitsu tour, w/Ken Peplowski & big band) 1998. He had jam sessions with King of Thailand (Summer Palace, Thailand) 2000, 2001. Festivals he's played at include the Hawaii International Jazz Festival w/Harold Land, Lalo Schifrin 1990, 94-95, Pacific Jazz Festival w/Chico Hamilton, Buddy Collette 1990, West Coast Jazz Festival w/Jeff Hamilton, Kenny Drew Jr. 1992, 94, 99, 2000, Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival w/ Pete Fountain, Eddie Higgins 1995 - 2002, Otter Crest (OR) Jazz Party w/ Rene Rosnes, Billy Drummond 1997-98, San Diego Jazz Party w/Ralph Sutton, Bucky Pizzarelli 1999-2002, Atlanta & Triangle (Tennessee) Jazz Parties 2000-01,  Bear Affair (Big Bear, CA) w/ Dick Hafer, Jackie Coon 1999-2000, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee w/ Bob Summers, Rusty Higgins, "Chicago Six" 2000-02 and San Francisco Jazz Festival w/Dick Hyman, Howard Alden 2001. Other noteworthy associates include Chuck Hedges, Alan Vache, Rickey Woodard, Abe Most, Ed Polcer, Bill Berry, Tommy Saunders, Dan Barrett, Urbie Green, Ray Sherman, Gerald Wiggins, Jack Reilly, Dave Mackay, Chris Dawson, Jake Hanna, Roy McCurdy, Dick Shanahan, Frank Capp, Joe Ascione, Anita O'Day, Sue Raney, Keely Smith, Rebecca Kilgore, Ernie Andrews, Eddie Erickson, Joe Beck, Frank Vignola, Dave Koonse, Barry Zweig.
His spouse is Elinor Simon.

Groove Therapy (1995); Covering the Basses (1998); Pacific Standard Time (2002)
As sideperson:
Gabe Baltazar: Back in Action (1992); Doug Macdonald: Doug Macdonald Trio (1992); Shelley Moore: Moore Moods (1995); Astrid Cowan: Swing Team (1995); Betty Bryant: Come and LAugh With Me (1996); Sonny Craver: Live at the Jazz Bakery (1996); Jazz for Thousand Oaks: Buddy Collette (1997); Gabe Baltazar: Gabe (1997); Howlett Smith: Funny Side Up (1997); Dave Pike: Bophead (1997); Buddy Collette: Jazz for Thousand Oaks (1997), Buddy Collette Big Band in Concert (2000); Eddie Bert/Gabe Baltazar: Eddie Bert/Gabe Baltazar Quintet (1999); John Stephens: Have a Taste (1999); Beryl Davis: I'll Be Seeing You (1999); Plas Johnson: Evening Delight (1999); Tony Moreno: Just 4 You (1999); Don Rice: A Time for Love (2000); Astrid Cowan: Summit (2000); Ken Peplowski: Last Swing of the Century (2000); Keely Smith: Swing: Swing: Swing (2000); Buddy Collette: Jazz from the Library of Congress (2001); Gil Bernal: Sensual and Latin (2002); Ernie Andrews: Ernie Andrews at Luckman Auditorium (2002); Heather Evens: A Little Thing Called Love (2004); Brady McKay: Pieces of Us (2004);

Interview by Larry Nai, Cadence Magazine, 1999
Article by Cam Miller, North County (San Diego) Times, 2002

Contact information:
Richard Simon
PO Box 661777
Los Angeles, CA, 90066
tel/fax 310-836-2277

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