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Pianist & Band Leader

A classically trained piano player, Simon performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Purcell Room in his late teens and early twenties. Transitioning to jazz in his mid-20’s, Simon became an established member of the London scene as both a sideman and bandleader. 

Formed in London in 2015, the 5-piece Simon Lasky Group has performed in concerts and workshops across the U.K and on London’s jazz club scene including The 606 Club, The Bull’s Head in Barnes and Pizza Express jazz clubs. Since then, the jazz ensemble have released two albums of original compositions on two album releases and regularly perform at many of the leading jazz venues in the U.K. 

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‘Close to Ecstasy’ from the 2018 release ‘About the Moment’ won the prestigious 2018 BRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS in the ‘Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble’ category and was broadcast on BBC Radio. Quasi-symphonic compositions, propulsive grooves, rich harmonies, expressive melodies and ecstatic improvisation are at the heart of the band’s performances. 

The Simon Lasky Group features an unconventional line-up of some of the most exciting international performers in the U.K and an ambitious and individual approach to composition and production. 

Following up their highly acclaimed debut release in 2015 ‘Story Inside’ the band released their second album ‘About the Moment’ (both on 33Jazz Records) in February 2018 which continues to receive substantial airplay on NPR radio in The U.S, and on BBC Radio, JazzFM, Soul&Jazz Radio and Solar Radio in the U.K. For JAZZ IN EUROPE Jan Veldman says “‘About the Moment’ is a wonderful album that will appeal to a large jazz audience. Highly recommended.” And in his LONDON JAZZ NEWS album review Rob Mallows stated …this is a thrilling album…there are certainly plenty of moments in ‘About the Moment’ that take your breath away.

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“Uplifting improvisational grooves, classy chops and exotic percussion, there’s no shortage of beautifully striking moments”

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