THURSDAY, AUGUST 6th at MAZZA's "CLASSIC JAZZ SIDES LIVE" - a full classic jazz album performed live, reinterpreted if you will, by top Portland players. We'll be doing the classic Verve record "Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster" (original personnel were Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Rowles, Mel Lewis, and Leroy Vinnegar). We will recreate this record in its entirety (including bonus tracks) featuring myself and Bryan Dickerson on the two saxes, Mark Simon, Tim Rap, and Ed Bennett in the rhythm section. What it is: This will be a "reboot" of this classic 1959 recording, widely considered to be the best of the "Gerry Mulligan Meets" series. We'll perform all the tunes from the album, in track order, live for your enjoyment, with freshly improvised jazz solos by some of Portland's resident world-class musicians. This will also be a tribute, of sorts, to the great Portland bassist Leroy Vinnegar. Many of the players in this group have had a personal connection to Leroy in the past. What it's NOT: This will not be a note-for-note rendition of the album. That's been done already. Instead we'll use the original tracks and arrangements as a jumping-off point to create fresh new versions of these classic tunes, in the greatest of the jazz tradition. So... to sum up: We hope to see you there this Thursday, August 6th at Mazza's (formerly Tony Starlight's Supperclub). 7:30pm downbeat. Come in and cool off and let Matt pour you some delicious cocktails while you check out this great music!!
Come listen to the dynamic duo of Barbara Lusch and Mark Simon as they weave their magic in the ambience of the historic Benson Hotel.
Relax in the comfort of the Allison Inn while listening to the unique style and song selections of Barbara Lusch. Mark Simon's piano creates a solid foundation allowing Barbara to shine.
Mark Simon and his thoughtful and creative music grace the lobby of the Progress Ridge Cinetopia.
The intimate setting at the Camellia Lounge makes this the perfect place to hear one of the Northwest's fastest rising jazz groups, the Mark Simon Quintet. The music promises to touch your heart and invigorate your spirit.
Sounds Like: Thelonius Monk, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver
“Mark is one of the more brilliant pianists and composers in the Northwest. His range of work extends from the early years of bebop to the avant-garde; definitely a pianist to watch out for.” - Ron Steen, drummer and former protégé of Joe Henderson
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“Bass 10, Mark Simon, piano. For this new CD, he chose a concept that I don’t recall ever having seen: an entire menu of songs played as duos with, count ‘em, ten of Portland’s all-star bassists. Since there are 12 tunes, two of the bass players get two tunes, and eight others are heard on one each. Hence the title. More importantly, it’s a very happening, recital-like perfor- mance, as one experiences Simon oh-so-comfortably interpreting standards and jazz classics with ten like-minded pals. The tunes range from oldies such as “Avalon” and “If I Had You” to jazz choices such as “Four Brothers,” “A Child Is Born” and “Sonora,” a lesser known gem from one of Simon’s piano gods, Hampton Hawes. In addition, there’s “Alone Together”, “Dindi,” “Stella By Starlight” and a Cy Coleman rarity called “Why Try to Change Me Now.” These and others result in a nicely conceived and beautifully performed CD.”