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Mark Simon

Mark Simon

Jazz Portland, OR  US
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Mark Simon Quintet Kickstarter Project


  • Thu

    Aug 6

    Portland, OR, US | 7:30pm

    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!!

  • 2014

    Dec 27

    Portland, OR, US | 8:30pm

    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.

  • 2014

    Dec 26

    Newberg, OR, US | 6:30pm

    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.

  • 2014

    Dec 14

    Beaverton, OR, US | 4:30pm

    Mark Simon and his thoughtful and creative music grace the lobby of the Progress Ridge Cinetopia.

  • 2014

    Dec 13

    Portland, OR, US | 6:00pm

    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.


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  • Harris (Artist)
    Showing some Love! Peace, H
  • Skyhouse (Artist)
    Thanks for the inspiration! Peace, SKYHOUSE
  • David P. Reinen (Artist)
    David P. Reinen
    Mark, brilliant player - absolutely polished and refined talent


  • Mark Simon
  • Glen Moore and Mark Simon
  • Leroy Vinnegar-bass, Alan Jones-drums, Jay Collins-tenor sax, Mark Simon-keyboard


Sounds Like: Thelonius Monk, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver

Bio: About Mark
“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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Q: So nice to hear you playing, Mark.... so many years ago I would sit outside of your dark practice room at MHCC listening to you... Craig Minor

A: So good to hear from you Craig. I have fond memories of playing with you in the Lab Band, jazz improv class and especially in Kelso with Hadley! Hope you are well and continue to follow my musical journey.

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