The Bay Area is a place well known for its great soul music as well as being the home of countless musical legends. Through the years Simon has developed a musical style that embraces the soulful traditions of the Bay Area with his Jazz/Blues/Gospel/Funk inspired vocals and piano Style. In 1983 Simon moved to the Bay spending most of his time in Oakland Ca., where he learned the great art of performance and musicality from a number of local musicians who were gracious enough to bring him under thier wings.

One of the most influencial musical figures in Simon's career was the multi-instrumentalist Rafael Grinage (bass player for Earl Fatha Hines and Odetta). He taught Simon that "no note should be wasted"! Make every note count or be silent! Those words have stayed with Simon all of his career.

As a musician Simon has had the great honor of performing with The James Brown Band, El Debarge, Elvin Bishop, Pete Escovedo, Vet Stone, Rose Stone, The Angels, Anika Noni Rose ,Tom Politzer, Micheal Blankenship, Kevin Levar, Professor Sylvester Henderson, Sylvester Burkes, Kim Waters, John Nemeth, Mads Tolling, Tony Lindsay, Tommy Castro, David Grissom, Lady Bianca, Mitch Woods, EC Scott, Zakiya Hooker, Curtis Lawson, Beverly Stoval and many that are truely remarkable musical phenoms yet to be discovered on a grand scale commercially. In 2007 Simon Russell performed with the Soul Generals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada opening for the Morris Day and The Time.
In 2012 Simon joined Kim Waters to perform for and honor Quincy Jones on Black History Month.
In 2013 Simon joined Paula Harris and the Beast of Blues who were awarded a Blues nomination and multiple Blues awards for their release "Turning On The Naughty" 
Simon is also a prolific composer and songwriter with hundreds of compositions through out his career, covering many different styles and genres.

Simon Russell started a new venture in 2018! A music school called Notes Music Academy located at 3166 Fruitvale Ave. Oakland Ca, 94602 510-575-3937 www.notesmusicacademy.com 

 

Photo by Gary Cullen

Photo by Gary Cullen

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