Matthew Simon, professor in the Trumpetland School, is on tour with Roberto Fonseca


Roberto Fonseca is the Cuban pianist who made his name playing along side with Ibrahim Ferrer and the legendary Buena Vista Social Club Band and is now marveling his audiences with his new solo act. His earlier work, YO, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. The British newspaper The Guardian has called him «a fabulous pianist, composer and band director with a special talent for melody-making far and above most of his fellow colleagues».

With his latest work, ABUC (Cuba spelled backwards), he is sharing a nomination in the Jazz FM Awards — in the category Live Experience of the Year  with people such as Ashley Henry Trio, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Julián Argüelles and Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Orphy Robinson All Stars and the Wayne Shorter Quartet. The ceremony will take place on April 25, coinciding whit the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald.

In ABUC along with his new video-clip, Afro Mambo, Fonseca leaves his jazz roots a bit on the side to propose a voyage through the history of Cuban music with loads of flavour.

In the blog Mundo Latino, from the French newspaper Le Monde, they consider Fonseca to be the best artist in latin jazz, salsa, soul and timba for 2016. The New York Times, in its list of the 21 best songs for 2016, has included his song Family, which has a style, created by Fonseca, and that he calls Doo-wop/Electro Aragón.

European Tour

On March 10th, 2017, Roberto Fonseca began his European tour in Leeds, England presenting his latest work, ABUC. In the band that he has formed, he has included trumpeter Matthew Simon, an American who has been living in Barcelona, Spain for many years. Matthew is the jazz trumpet teacher in the ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music) and in the Higher Conservatory of the Liceu, also in Barcelona. He is also one of the many fine trumpet teachers of the Trumpetland School.

Matthew has an enormous amount of experience on all kinds of stages with all kinds of music, as well as recordings studios. Has has worked on innumerable musical projects, including jazz, modern music, pop, latin, classical music… As it turns out, he first met Roberto Fonseca when they were both playing with the Buena Vista Social Club with Ibrahim Ferrer and the great Cachaíto Lopez on bass.

Here in Trumpetland we are very proud to have Matthew Simon on our roster of online teachers. From here we wish him a great tour.

And for all of you who are reading this: If you would like to learn how to play jazz with Matthew Simon, you can find his interesting video lessons right here. It’s very easy, and they are easy to follow (and very cheap! Just $0.99 per video!). They are highly recommended for those of you who want to learn how to improvise clearly and concisely from the very beginning.