Welcome to the GREGG SIMPSON Music Site

The music site of Gregg Simpson features CD’s, vinyl LP’s, downloads, lists of ensembles, compositions and background.

All About Jazz Interview

The Cellar, Flat Five and Blackspot Clubs

RECORDINGS

Retrospective1965-68   Al Neil Trio
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Drum Fire  Gregg Simpson Solo and Duets
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Alive in Seattle  Lunar Adventures
CD and downloads

Swinging Planets  Paul Plimley Trio
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Orwell Predicted It   Sessione Milano Live on Tour
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East Meets West   Paul Cram Quartet and Quintet
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Live at the Knitting Factory  Lunar Adventures 
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Prez   Poet Jamie Reid live with the Henry Boudin Trio
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Standing Still   Al Neil Trio
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Live at Oil Can Harry’s Jazz Room   Vancouver Sound Ensemble
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Full Moon   Lunar Adventures
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The Complete Recordings, 1977-’79 (6 CD’s) New Orchestra Quintet
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Round One  Paul Cram Trio
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Harmolodic Highlanders  (Lunar Adventures, Paul Cram Trio, Tribal Dynamics)
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Sunship Jazz Ensemble 
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Gravity Boots Ralph Eppel Quintet
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Cargo Culture  Paul Cram Ensemble
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Mirage Dance  Gregg Simpson, compositions for synthesizer
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Music for the Living, Eppel/Simpson/Bell
Vinyl LP
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Up Til Now, New Orchestra Quintet
Vinyl LP
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VIDEOS

The Al Neil Trio, 1967 (1 of 3 )

Al Neil Trio, 1967 (2 of 3)

Lunar Adventures: Pacific Lean Time (7:45)

Lunar Adventures: Strange Air  (10:31)


Ralph Eppel Quintet:
Slow Curve  (16.37)

Ralph Eppel Quintet:
Blues on Pluto (15:57)

Ralph Eppel Quintet: Ba Doo Da (14.55)

COMPOSITIONS

1993:      Runningboard Rag, The Herky Jerk

1992:      La Pasionara

1989:      Jou Jouka Jig, Reelin’ In

1988:      Stone’s Throw, Song of the Soil

1987:      Cairn

1986:      Mirage Dance

1985:      Solomon, Harmolodic Highlanders, Celtic Calypso

1984:      Canyon Suite, Basement Blues, The Fever, Green Mansions

1983:      Paganology, Night Rider, Oscillation

1982:    Forest City Blues, Duende, Loopfinder, Symbolist Waltz #2,
Strange Air, Blue Orient

 1981:  Seein’ it Through

1979:      Budapest Steppe, Slow Curve

1978:   Public Nuance, Symbolist Waltz #1, Projections, Samba del Oro

1977:  Blues on Pluto

 FORMAL TRAINING:  

Classical Piano (Grades 1-6): 1954-58, with Kathleen Gorman,West Vancouver.
  1961: Junior High School Band and West Vancouver Community Orchestra Dance Band
 Drum Studies: 1962-65: Jim Blackley’s Drum Village, Vancouver
           
JAZZ BACKGROUND:  Club gigs and sessions with: Frank Foster, Chris Gage, Flip Nunez, Jack Wilson, Philly Joe Jones, Don Thompson, P. J. Perry, Glenn MacDonald, Ron Proby, Brian Barley and Al Neil.

ENSEMBLES

1964: New Dimension Jazz Trio – Don French, marimba/ Andreas Naumann or Richard Anstey, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1965-70: 
Al Neil Trio – Al Neil, piano, voice, toy instruments, zither/ Richard Anstey, bass,soprano sax, toy instruments, voice/ Gregg Simpson, drums, percussion, toy instruments, sound collages.

1970-71: 
Vitaphone Houseband – Alan Sharpe, guitar/ Tom Hazlitt, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 
New Atlantis Houseband – Alan Sharpe, guitar/ Richard Anstey, soprano sax, Gregg Simpson, drums

1972: 
Al Neil Jazz Probe (Quartet) – Al Neil, piano/ Richard Anstey, soprano sax/ Annie Seigel, alto sax,flute/ Gregg Simpson, drums. Al Neil Jazz Probe Orchestra – Al Neil, piano/ Richard Anstey, soprano sax/ Annie Seigel, alto sax, flute/ Nelson Lepine, electric guitar/ Phil Morgan, Fender bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1973: 
Bruce Freedman Trio – Bruce Freedman, tenor,alto sax/ Lincoln Goines, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 
Apex – Bill Runge, sax, bass/ Gordon Waters, trombone/ Richard Murphy, guitar/ Lincoln Goines, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1974-75: 
Sunship Ensemble – Ross Barrett, tenor sax, flute, keyboards/ Richard Anstey, soprano sax/ Bruce Freedman, tenor sax
Alan Sharpe, guitar/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1976: 
Vancouver Sound Ensemble – Bruce Freedman, tenor sax/ Paul Plimley, piano/ John Giordano, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1977: 
Rio Bumba – Bruce Freedman, tenor sax/ Gerry Silver, guitar/ Albert St. Albert, conga/ Lisle Ellis, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums.

1977-80 
New Orchestra Quintet – Paul Cram, alto, tenor sax/ Ralph Eppel, trombone/  Paul Plimley, piano/ Lisle Ellis, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1978: 
C.O.R.D. Orchestra – Various members of the New Orchestra Workshop

1979: 
Sessione Milano – Don Druick, flute/ Paul Cram, alto, tenor sax/ Jane Phillips, cello/ Paul Plimley, piano/ Lisle Ellis, bass/ Gregg Simpson, percussion

1980: 
A- Group – Paul Cram, alto, tenor sax, flute/ Ralph Eppel, trombone, trumpet/ Bob Bell. guitar, alto sax/ Gregg Simpson, drums 

1981: 
Paul Cram Quartet –  Paul Cram, tenor sax/ Paul Plimey, piano, vibraphone/ Lisle Ellis, bass/ Gregg 
Simpson, drums 


E.S.B. – Ralph Eppel, trombone, trumpet, electric bass/ Bob Bell, guitar, electric bass, alto sax/ 
Gregg Simpson, drums, percussion 

1982 – 83: 
Paul Cram Trio – Paul Cram, alto, tenor sax/ Lisle Ellis – electric bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 

1983-84: 
Motion – Coat Cooke, tenor sax/ Paul Plimley, piano/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 

1985-92: 
Lunar Adventures – Coat Cooke, tenor, alto sax/ Ron Samworth, guitar/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 

1985-87: 
Vancouver Art Trio – Bruce Freedman, tenor sax/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums

1986 – 1989
Paul Plimley Trio – Paul Plmley, piano/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 

1992-1995
Henry Boudin Trio – Henry Boudin, tenor sax/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums 

1993-1994
Tribal Dynamics – Francois Houle,soprano sax, clarinet/ Bruce Freedman, soprano sax, Dan Kane, tenor 
sax/ Ralph Eppel, tombone, trumpet, percussion/ Brad Muirhead, sousaphone, trombone/ Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums, percussion.

2006: Coat Cook Trio
Coat Cooke-tenor/alto saxophone / Paul Blaney-bass/ Gregg Simpson-drums 

2008/2009: 
Collage, Homage to Al Neil / Sound Gallery – Vivien Houle, vocalist / Paul Plimley-piano, Stefan Smulovits, electronics and viola, Clyde Reed, bass/ Gregg Simpson, drums / Krista Lomax, visuals.

20011/2012:
Sound Image Net – Carole Sawyer, vocalist / Jarrod Burrows – guitar / Clyde Reed, bass / Gregg Simpson, drums / Krista Lomax, visuals.

2013-2015 
Sound Image Net – Carole Sawyer, vocalist / Jarrod Burrows – guitar / Paul Cram – reeds / Ralph Eppel – trombone / Clyde Reed, bass / Gregg Simpson, drums