Fred Simon has been making music for over forty-five years, performing and composing for records, concerts, film, dance, and television, with
instrumentation ranging from solo piano to symphonic orchestra. Since childhood he has been convinced that he is a singer/songwriter trapped in the body of someone who can't sing.
He has been on the faculty of the Chicago College for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University since 2005, the Merit School of Music in Chicago since 2006, and the Music Institute of Chicago since 2011, teaching piano, jazz ensemble, composition, improvisation, theory, ear-training, music history and music appreciation.
His compositions appear on his albums Short Story, Time and the River, Usually/Always, Open Book, Dreamhouse, Remember the River, and Since Forever; on albums with the Simon & Bard Group Musaic, Tear It Up, and The Enormous Radio; on Twilight, with Paul McCandless and Teja Bell; and on compilations released by Windham Hill, Columbia, Narada, and Naim among other labels. He also recorded an album of songs by Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys Distilled.
Fred has recorded and/or performed with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Lyle Mays, Iain Matthews, Jerry Goodman, Megon McDonough, Fareed Haque, Bonnie Herman, Kurt Elling, Tributosaurus, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, and many others.
Future plans call for more of the same, only different.