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CD release Party!

imageDear friends,

The Kickstarter project for my CD release has ended and because of your help, the project was successfully funded. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Now I have some exciting news to share with you:

Classic Pianos and Mark Simon cordially invite you to Mark Simon’s Inkling CD Release Concert on Sunday, November 2nd, from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. The party will take place at Classic Piano’s recital room and there is a $10 admission charge. You can purchase tickets at or pay at the door. For those who choose to pay at the door, cash is encouraged, and admission will be collected as you enter the recital room.

There will be a complimentary snack table as well as a merchandise table set up in the back of the room. CDs will be available at the merchandise table at a special release party price of $12. There will be posters for sale also available at the merchandise table. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Mark will be happy to meet with you and to sign any items you may want him to.

The Mark Simon Quintet is fast becoming one of Portland’s top jazz groups. The lineup of players is impressive; Paul Mazzio – trumpet/flugelhorn, Devin Phillips – tenor saxophone, Larry Bard – drums, Chris Higgins – bass and composer/bandleader Mark Simon on piano. Each of the band’s members has performance experience with nationally and internationally known jazz artists and have appeared at many jazz festivals and on several recordings.

The brand new “Inkling” CD consists of ten Mark Simon originals that guide you through hard-bop, post-bop, pop and funk landscapes.

Composer/bandleader Mark Simon says “I feel strongly that my music must be heard, not for my personal gain, but for my desire to contribute to society something that is thoughtful, beautiful and has integrity. If you want cerebral jazz with no heart, this is not for you. My music aims to touch hearts and souls, yet has enough meat on the bones to stimulate the mind as well.”

Classic Pianos Recital Hall
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave (@ the corner of SE Powell Blvd.)
United States

For inquiries, please contact Mark at

Kickstarter Launch Announcement

Dear members of the Mark Simon Music family,

I am very happy to announce that you can help me to release my next CD featuring the Mark Simon Quintet!

The CD is named Inkling and features ten of my original compositions. The music will take you on a musical tour of many different feels and grooves. An exploration of the full spectrum of jazz through the lens of your’s truly.

Click here to learn more about this CD project and you will have the opportunity to donate towards it and earn wonderful rewards!

If you are excited about the project, please share the link with your family and friends!

Camellia Lounge Gig

MSQ_PortraitPoster_Camellia09_06_14Come check out our next Quintet gig at the Camellia Lounge on September 6th.

Mark Simon Quintet (MSQ) – The Tea Zone & Camellia Lounge
510 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, (503) 221-2130, 8:00pm-10:30pm, Cover $10
Devin Phillips -tenor sax | Paul Mazzio – trumpet | Mark Simon – piano | Larry Bard – drums | Chris Higgins – bass
Great intimate atmosphere, tasty and affordable menu, unique adult beverages, over-all a great environment to enjoy a live performance by the Mark Simon Quintet!
Purchase Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets  –  or please call the Camellia Lounge to make reservations at (503) 221-2130