j dog studio
Welcome to my web site.
This site reflects my musical interests: composition, sound engineering, jazz improvisation, classical and acoustic pop music, dance music and teaching. As a professional musician living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I make my living as a piano and keyboard soloist, a member of several jazz and dance bands, an accompanist for singers and choirs, a teacher, a musical director for churches and theatrical productions, and as a sound engineer at my own recording studio, J Dog Studio.
I have a deep interest in electronic music, in the relationship between technology and music. I got this techno bug from my father, Bill Simon, who designed circuits for some of the earliest computers at Univac in the 50's thru the 70's. Electronica opens the possibility of a new language of music that goes beyond the traditional rules and limits of pitch oriented music. What would music based on timbre and rhythm sound like?
On this web site, listen to examples of my songs, jazz compositions, classical, acoustic pop, live performances and electronica.
There is also a calendar to keep you informed of my performances that are open to the public.
I am a professional "working" musician. My instrument is the piano and keyboards, including church organ. Styles include Jazz, Rock, Funk, Classical and everything in between!
J Dog Studio
My studio is a very comfortable, musical environment with four isolation booths. It has the capacity to record up to 12 simultaneous mic inputs. Featuring Logic Pro.
Instruction / Workshops
Let's start at your current level and take it from there! Learn about jazz if you're a beginner, or take your more advanced skills to the next level. Improve your technique on the piano.