Simon Willson

Simon W.

Jamaica Plain, MA

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Simon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 2010

Hi there! My name is Simon Willson and my main gigging instrument is the double bass. I studied Jazz Bass at the New England Conservatory for my Bachelor's and Master's degree.

I have been in love with music since I was very young, and it has been the best gift I have ever received. I would like to be able to share this gift with other people, and that has been the driving force behind my teaching.

In addition to teaching, I keep a very busy performing schedule. You can find me at Wally's Jazz Cafe every Friday and Saturday night, where I perform with Jason Palmer. I'm also frequently playing at The Beehive, Beat Brasserie, and the Lily Pad.

I have a background in the Jazz and Classical tradition. In addition to performing, I compose and play guitar and piano. I also love harmony and theory.

Some of my past teachers include bassists Ben Street, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, and Donald Palma, pianists Ethan Iverson and Frank Carlberg, and trumpet player John McNeil.

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Ensemble and Class Room Teaching Assistant
Jun 2016 - Present
Jazz Lab at New England Conservatory

Jan 2008 - Present
Self Employed (Sideman, Band Leader, Band Member)

I have performed a variety of musical styles in Europe, Canada, USA, and Chile. Even though most of my gigs are in the Jazz and Improvised music realm, I have done my fair share of Rock gigs.

Performing artist, teaching fellow
Sep 2012 - May 2017
New England Conservatory's Community Performances and Partnerships

Performances and masterclasses at senior centers, schools, and homeless shelters around the Boston area.

Teacher Assistant for Ran Blake
Sep 2012 - May 2013
New England Conservatory

TA for Development of Long Term Melodic Memory and Film Noir courses at New England Conservatory.


Master of Music - Jazz Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2017
New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music - Contemporary Improvisation
Sep 2011 - May 2015
New England Conservatory
Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music
May 2013 - Jun 2013
The Banff Centre


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Francis Judd Cooke Scholarship
Sep 2015
New England Conservatory
Fondo de la Música
Sep 2013
Fondo de la Música, Gobierno de Chile
Fondo de la Música
Sep 2012
Fondo de la Música, Gobierno de Chile
Blow Family Scholarship
Sep 2011
New England Conservatory


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Oct 2015

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Teaching at Milton High School

Photo by Simon W.

@ Banff International Workshop w/ Esperanza Spalding

Original Composition performed @ Jordan Hall
Performance of the band Great on Paper
w/ Jason Palmer's Band @ Wally's
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