Alan Simon

Visual and Performing Arts, Instructor in Jazz Piano
Music, Instructor in Jazz Piano

Extension: (860) 435-4436

City University of New York, Queens College, B.A.
Rutgers University, M.A.
Jazz History and Research

Appointed: 2002


Alan Simon, Instructor of Jazz Piano, has recorded and toured with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, playing all the major jazz festivals throughout Europe, South America and the U.S.  He appeared as featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and has made television and concert appearances with Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, and Lee Konitz.  He has performed at the Vienna Opera House, The Blue Note, and appeared with the New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Omaha Symphony Orchestras.  Alan earned an MA in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University, and graduated with honors from the City University of NY with a BA in Music.


Mr. Simon’s first LP, Rainsplash, received rave reviews—from the All-Music guide to Jazz: “Simon plays with assurance, his notes tinged with an impressionistic imprimatur.  He is comfortable with a range of tempos, and his pleasant brand of relaxed swing delights as it edifies.  His coupling of Debussy's "Reflet's Dans Leau" with Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is brilliant.”  Subsequent CD releases include The Present, and Without a Song.  He was invited by the American Embassy to bring his trio to Chile to perform and teach workshops throughout the country.  Many of his jazz piano arrangements have been published.  Alan has taught at the university level, and has 30 years of experience teaching privately.  Mr. Simon teaches all ages, levels and genres of piano music.


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