The Kozinski Simon 2 guitar duo, blends Larry Simon’s background in North Indian music studying under Pandit Pran Nath, his experience in minimalist ensembles and love of old songs with John Kozinski’s fondness of and grounding in the jazz tradition of West Montgomery, and John Coltrane with a shared affection of rhapsodic music from all genres. Together, they create a jazzy mix of swirling sounds, and an uplifting blend of soul, blues, jam music and psychedelia.
John Kozinski began his guitar adventures at 12 after hearing the Beatles and then Cream and Jimi Hendrix. His part time job in high school was playing in a power rock trio for junior high school and high schools. He discovered jazz while attending Hofstra University in New York for a Music Education Degree where he was part of the jazz band .Weddings and jazz gigs around New York City followed. John has experience teaching all levels of guitar. After a long hiatus away from music, John returned to his passion about a dozen years ago. He has performed at the Red Lion Inn, the Pittsfield Jazz Festival and with guitarist, John Stowell from Portland, Oregon. He has studied jazz guitar with John Stowell, Bob DeVos, Barry Gailbrath, Joe Diorio and Steve Khan.
He performs around western Massachusetts in Trio KDP, Inneraction, The Berkshire Jazz Underground and other jazz groups. You can find about these musical groups at www.simmermusic.com.
Larry Simon is a guitarist and composer, from Brooklyn, NY has recorded and toured with many of today’s leading jazz and blues artists including John Zorn, LaMonte Young, David Sanborn, Big Jay McNeely, Lester Bowie, Rosco Gordon, George Coleman, Julius Hemphill, the Skatalites, David Amram, Ed Sanders, Leon Thomas, Eric Mingus, Gamelan Son of Lion (NYC) and many others. As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theatre.
While living in Portsmouth NH, Simon formed his ensemble "Larry Simon and Groove Bacteria" (2003 Spotlight Award for "Best Jazz Act"). He also created the popular "Beat Night" series, featuring music and spoken word, and at The Cornelia St Cafe in New York City. In 2004 Simon founded "Jazzmouth, The Seacoast poetry and Jazz Festival" of which he is the Artistic director and producer. Larry is the recipient of The 2005 Spotlight Special Achievement Award.
Additionally Larry has just completed his Book, “Portraits in Blues, NYC” a history of the New York City blues scene from the late 1940’s until the late 1970’s. His collaborator on the book is award winning blues scholar John Broven and photographer Robert Schaffer.
Simon's most recent CD's are: “The Dream Keeper” (2017-With David Amram, Eric Mingus and Groove Bacteria), "Old School Jams and Drones" (2004, with Groove Bacteria), "Beat Nights at the Electric Cave" (2002) and "Live Free or Groove" (2001, with Groove Bacteria). He can also be heard on Harvey Reid's compilation CD "Seacoast Guitarists Vol. 2"
Larry’s newest cd “The Dream keeper” has received much critical acclaim and was on the 2017 Top Five list of Jazz vocal releases in the prestigious publication “The NYC Jazz Record”