Michael Simon

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January 14, 1975 in Punta Cardón, Venezuela
Netherlands
Trumpet
Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa

 

Michael Simon  (Photo: Jasper Heijstek)

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Michael's exposure to music started at a very young age. His father, Hadsy Simon, a guitarist and singer (who started it all), and his brothers Edward (pianist) and Marlon (drummer) kept the music environment in the house and supported him throughout his studies.

At the age of fourteen, Michael started taking trumpet lessons as well as musical theory at a local music school in Valencia (Venezuela), and later started gaining on-stage experience playing with local (popular music) bands. Throughout this period, his brothers encouraged him to listen to Jazz, which drove him to a desire for new goals.
     In 1991, Michael went to Cuba to study music at the Escuela de Superacion Profesional "Ignacio Cervantes", which he attended for two years. In Cuba he had many private lessons with amazing trumpeters like: Juan Munguia, Roberto Garcia, El Greco, José Alberto Varona, Alfredo Pichardo and others. 
     In 1993, he moved to The Netherlands where he attended The Rotterdam's Conservatory jazz program. In 1998 he obtained his degree of D.M. (bachelor) for trumpet and started another course on composing and arranging in the same school. 
     He has been a member of Fra Fra Big Band & Gerardo Rosales' Latin Jazz Ensemble since 1996. 

Discography

2004

Revelación

Pramisi Records

2009

New York Encounter

Fresh Sound Records

2015

Destiny's Will (Live at No Black Tie)

No Black Tie Records

Appears On

1994

Bibi Provence

Make Up Your Mind

(Trumpet)

1998

Fra Fra Sound

Mali Jazz

(Trumpet)

1998

Fra Fra Big Band

Maspoti Makandra

(Trumpet)

1998

Gerardo Rosales

Sr. Tambo

(Trumpet)

1998

Javier Plaza

Mi Música

(Trumpet)

1998

Kaseco Revisited

Kotabra

(Trumpet)

1999

Gerardo Rosales

El Venezolano

(Trumpet)

1999

Pablo Gimenez

Puente Viejo #1

(Trumpet)

2000

Jorge Martinez

La Formula Cubana

(Trumpet)

2000

Laberinto

Live

(Trumpet)

2000

Marlon Simon

Rumba a la Patato

(Trumpet)

2001

Gerardo Rosales

La Salsa Es Mi Vida

(Arranger)

2003

Fra Fra Sound

Kultiplex

(Trumpet)

2004

Gerardo Rosales

Tribute to Fania All Stars

(Trumpet)

2007

Marlon Simon

In Case You Missed It

(Trumpet)

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