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Afinidad Ensemble
Ensemble

Ensemble Members
Edward Simon, Piano
David Binney, Alto Saxophone
Scott Colley, Bass
Brian Blade, Drums
Contact
Edward Simon


Address
1324 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA, 94608
Phone
917-399-9906

Additional Info
Year Founded
2010
Repertoire
Jazz, World Music
Size
Variable
Instrumentation
Mixed
Management
Hans Wendl
Ensemble in
Residence
New York

Edward Simon is an award-winning pianist and composer from Venezuela. His recordings, compositions and collaborations, which have included artists such as Paquito D'Rivera and Terence Blanchard, have received the highest worldwide acclaim including a Grammy Award. He has produced 13 critically acclaimed albums as a leader. Simon is a two-time CMA New Jazz Works grantee, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Nominee. He maintains three working bands, his all-star trio featuring John Patitucci and Brian Blade, Ensemble Venezuela and Afinidad. Simon is a current CMA New Jazz Works recipient and is currently creating a jazz piece for his ensemble Afinidad and members of Imani Winds as guest artists.

News

02.25.2015

Edward Simon will be composing House of Numbers, a work for jazz quartet and wind quintet. The project will feature his ensemble Afinidad and the classical ensemble Imani Winds. Visit the official House of Numbers page to learn more.

02.07.2015

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.

07.16.2014

Edward Simon to be among the final judges of the next American Jazz Pianist Competition. Visit the AJPC website to learn more.