Edward Simon, a native of Venezuela, has made a name for himself over decades in America as a jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader, with his profile heightening in recent years as he has explored the commonalities jazz can have with the folkloric sounds of Latin America. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, as a member of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow along with being awarded multiple composition grants as part of the Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program. Simon, a Yamaha artist, has recorded 17 albums as a leader or co-leader; his latest is Solo Live, released via Ridgeway Records in October 2021. His 2016 album Latin American Songbook, with a four-and-a-half-star DownBeat review praising its “grand and sophisticated” sound, also won Simon a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album. The New York Times has praised Simon’s “light, warm touch” as a pianist, while Jazz Journal International singled out “his deep emotional statements” as a composer and improviser. Simon is a 2021 recipient of Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works and South Arts Creative Residencies awards.