Todd Simon is a highly sought-after musician, composer, and arranger in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area who has served 4.5 years for the United States Naval Academy Band. He is a Peabody Conservatory of Music graduate. Todd quickly rose through the ranks of the DMV jazz scene as a rare talent capable of playing piano, the Hammond B3 organ, and several saxophones.
As a full-time freelance musician, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz, Tim Warfield, Antonio Hart, Ralph Peterson, Gary Thomas, Wayne Bergeron, Paul Bollenback, Tarus Mateen, Mike Pope, Dontae Winslow, Warren Wolf, Alex Norris, Oliver Nelson Jr., Stephanie Jordan, Sean Rickman, Daryl Davis, the Chesapeake Orchestra, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, the Rumba Club, the Afrobop Alliance, and The Fabulous Hubcaps, a group his father Dale “Rocky” Simon founded. Todd was also the keyboardist with the Donvonte McCoy Quintet at the Eighteenth Street Lounge for over 4 years.
Todd’s 2013 CD Simon Says earned him a 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for composition; in 2018 he again won MSAC’s top prize, this time in the performance category. In 2015, Todd and his brother, bassist Shawn Simon, debuted their 3-part “Simon Brothers Holiday Special” series which showcases 25 area musicians. Todd’s growing discography includes Ben Patterson’s Vital Frequencies featuring Chris Potter, Darden Purcell’s Where the Blue Begins, Joshua Bayer’s Six by Five, Leo Maxey’s Think About Such Things and Ultrafaux’s Impromptu. Todd is also heard on Donvonte McCoy’s Third Floor and Lionel Lyles’ At the Precipice.
Todd remains an active composer, arranger, and performer well-versed in many genres. Recent highlights include performances at the Sax n Art Jazz Club in Vietnam, local jazz festivals, Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, WPFW’s Live at Five, Delmarva Live, and multiple embassies. Todd also plays for All Souls Unitarian Church in D.C. and Southminster Presbyterian in Oxon Hill, MD.