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Afinidad Ensemble

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

1324 Powell Street
1324 Powell St
Emeryville, CA, 94608
Fax Number
(386) 774-0608

Additional Info
Year Founded
Jazz, World Music
Hans Wendl
Ensemble in
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 recorded 13 critically acclaimed albums as a leader. Simon is a three-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.



The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will give the world premiere of Venezuela Unida, a new work by pianist/composer Edward Simon, as well as selected movements from his CMA commissioned Venezuelan Suite. The performances will take place at Symphony Space on October 1st and 2nd at 8pm.


Pianist and composer Edward Simon will create House of Numbers, a 40-minute suite in four movements exploring the cross-cultural meanings of numbers and the possibilities offered by bringing jazz and classical musicians together.


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.