Paul Simons, a longtime resident of Halifax (via Montreal, London, Amsterdam, and Toronto) is an accomplished jazz pianist, as well as one of the region's finest accompanists, arrangers, music directors and teachers.

Paul has played a variety of venues - from pubs in London's east end to festivals, concerts, and theatre shows throughout central Canada and the Maritime Provinces. He has also played on recordings, commercials, radio, television, and for symphony orchestra. Paul has performed in Halifax with visiting musicians over the years - such as Mitch Miller, Moe Koffman, The Shirelles, Jackie Richardson, and Shirley Eikhard. His arrangements and compositions have been heard on radio, television, and in theatres and nightclubs across the country.

For many years Paul performed on the local music scene in a piano/sax duo with long time musical partner Don Palmer. He was also the founder, arranger and music director of the Halifax vocal quartet The Novelty Salesmen, and currently Paul is the Director, Arranger and Accompanist for The Coastal Chorus in Halifax.





TEACHING

Instructor
    -  Piano / Improvisation
- Private Teaching (35 Years)
- Nova Scotia Community College
- Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
- Henson College Summer Jazz Program

Guest Instructor
    -  Jazz History - Dalhousie Music Department
    -  Vocal Coach - Dalhousie Theatre Department
    -  Juror / Accompanist - Dalhousie Music Department
    -  Songwriting - Nova Scotia Community College
    -  Clinician - Clinics & Workshops for Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Schools
    -  Lecturer / Performer - Lunchtime Series - Various Libraries in HRM
    -  Lecturer - Music Stop Piano Teachers' Summit


CHOIRS
    -  Choir Director / Arranger / Accompanist - The Coastal Chorus
    -  Choir Accompanist - NS Mass Choir, Les Voix Acadie, The Northwood Players
    -  Music / Choir Director - Memramcook School for the Performing Arts
    -  Music / Choir Director - Nova Scotia Drama League
    -  Director Student Choir - Mount Saint Vincent University


ARRANGING
    -  Big Band - The Meet The Navy Show
    -  Orchestral - Symphony Nova Scotia
    -  String Quartet - The Blue Engine String Quartet
    -  Vocal Group - The Novelty Salesmen
    -  Arrangements for: Vocalists, Strings, Horns, Theatre, Jingles, Live Music
      Presentations


SILENT MOVIES
    -  Performed for Silent Movies presented at:
        -  The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
        -  The Living Room Series
        -  The Distillery Jazz Festival (Toronto)
        -  The McGill University Silent Movie Series (Montreal)


RECORDING

CD Recordings for Artists:
The Blue Engine String Quartet
The Novelty Salesmen
Charlie A'Court
Toni Pigot
Rejean Cournoyer
Shan Arsenault
Don Palmer
Songs of Leonard Cohen
Swing / Pop
Blues / Roots
Standards
Standards / Art Songs
Jazz
Jazz

ALSO: Film, Television (CBC, CTV) and Radio (CBC)


IN CONCERT
    -  Solo Piano: Distillery Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Living Room Series

    -  With:
Don Palmer
Moe Koffman
Teena Palmer
Ryan Billington
Frank McKay
Jackie Richardson
Janice Jackson
Laura Smith
Doug Mallory
Upstream Music
Renee Lee
Rankin Sisters
The Shirelles
Red Buttons
Catherine McKinnon
Chris Mitchell
Jazz  (Ottawa, Moncton, Fredericton, Atl Jazz Festivals)
Jazz
Jazz
Jazz  (Voice Professor – St. FX)
R&B
Blues / Jazz
Standards / Tango
Singer / Songwriter
Singer / Songwriter
Contemporary Classical
Jazz
Symphonic Tour
60’s Pop Icons
Comedy
Singer
Jazz


MUSICAL THEATRE
    -  Wrote and directed the music for “Ruby” (2007). Musical Director for “The Satchmo Suite” and “Singalong Jubilee” for Eastern Front Theatre. Many other shows for Neptune Theatre, Two Planks and a Passion, Chester Playhouse, and other companies including: “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum”, “Anything Goes”, “Cats”, “Dames At Sea”, “Don Messer’s Jubilee”, “Evita”, “Fiddler On The Roof”, “Girl Crazy”, “Guys And Dolls”, “I Do, I Do”, “Jacques Brel”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Man of La Mancha”, “Pelagie”, “Three Penny Opera”, “West Side Story”, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”.


BOARDS / COMMITEES
    -  Member - The Commitee To Establish the Nova Scotia Arts Council
    -  Member - The Atlantic Federation of Musicians Executive Board (10 years)
    -  Member - Jazz East Board of Directors / Artistic Director - Atlantic Jazz Festival
    -  Juror - The Canada Council for the Arts