Simon Harding is a professional musician, educator, and composer/arranger with a love for all things saxophone. On Saturday, April 20th The Simon Harding Quintet will perform at Café Paradiso. The Quintet upholds the traditions of 1950’s and 1960’s Jazz while simultaneously striving to reach further with new compositions and arrangements. Mixing all the elements of swing, hard-bop, latin and groove, the Simon Harding Quintet will be sure to keep you moving and having a good time.
Simon Harding’s inspiration began at 7 years old hiding in his bedroom listening to Mozart, and brought him all the way to Coastal Carolina University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, concentration in classical saxophone. During a mandatory performance project Simon developed an intense passion for jazz sax beginning with Michael Brecker.
After graduation Simon attended the College of Charleston to focus on his new found love of jazz music and earned an Artist Certificate. While at the College of Charleston he was honored to be selected as 1 of 7 U.S. guest artists to perform with the San Salvador Big Band and the El Salvadoran National Youth Orchestra at the Teatro Presidente. He was also a part of the top jazz ensemble at CofC which performed at the first ever Georgia Twilight Jazz Festival, where he was awarded “Outstanding Soloist”.
Finishing his degrees, Simon now resides in Hanahan, outside of Charleston in South Carolina’s Lowcounty, and is one of the most in demand composer/arranger and performers in the area. His performance credits include Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto performances, the North Charleston Arts Festival, Chazzfest with the Charlton Singleton Group, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, a featured performer for the Jazz Artists of Charleston and humbly performing with bands such as The O.J.’s, The Tommy Dorsey Band, and Darius Rucker Big Band.
The Simon Harding Quintet will perform at Café Paradiso on Saturday, April 20th at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance (cafeparadiso.net or at Paradiso), $12 at the show.