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Marlon Simon Interviewed on Modern Drummer Magazine



Drummer, Composer, Educator Marlon Simon
Venezuelan-born Jazz Drummer, Percussionist, Composer and Educator Marlon Simon
Blending Venezuelan Rhythms and Jazz

Venezuelan-born drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader and educator Marlon Simon is featured on the current July 2024 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Editor-in Chief and Director of Content, Mark Griffith interviews him extensively. In a long conversation, Marlon talks about his beginnings in music, in jazz, his learning experiences and his journey to become the respected artist he is right now. He has traveled myriad different paths over the course of his nearly four-decade career. Marlon is a 2023 recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in jazz composition.

Marlon Simon – Blending Jazz with the Drumming of South America

“There is a long tradition of fantastic drummers who have created the Latin drum set tradition and applied it to the jazz lineage. It started with Guillermo Barreto and Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. and passed on to Enrique Plá and Julio Barreto. From there it was passed on to Ignacio Berroa and Steve Berrios, then along came drummers such as Horacio Hernández, Robby Ameen, Antonio Sánchez, Duduka Da Fonseca, and Dafnis Prieto. But along the way so many important Latin-jazz drummers have been overlooked, and even more Latin music (that isn’t Afro-Cuban or Brazilian) has been overlooked. Drummer, composer, bandleader Marlon Simon is one such drummer, he comes from Venezuela and has spent time in Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey, and is now residing in Texas.” – Mark Griffith

Modern Drummer Interview with Marlon Simon
Modern Drummer’s Interview with Marlon Simon

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