Simon Oslender

Hammond Organist | Pianist
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BILL EVANS & THE SPY KILLERS

It's a dream come true to introduce this brand new band! On tour starting in 2019!

Bill Evans - saxes
Wolfgang Haffner - drums
Gary Grainger - bass
Simon Oslender - hammond b3, keys

TOUR DATES TBA

Wolfgang Haffner Band Southeast Asia Tour

OCTOBER 2018. As of 2018, Simon is very proud to be a member of German drumming legend Wolfgang Haffner's band. The quartet is touring around the globe extensively - coming up next is a 10-show run through Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, supported by the Goethe Institute.

Line-up for Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka:
Wolfgang Haffner - drums
Ferdinand Kirner - guitar
Christian Diener - bass
Simon Oslender - piano
 

Bill Evans Band Australia Tour

OCTOBER 2018. Simon had the honor of joining Saxophone extraordinaire Bill Evans and a brand new band he put together on a very successful five-show run in Melbourne, Australia.

Bill Evans Band - East Meets West
Bill Evans - saxophones
Gary Grainger - bass
Wolfgang Haffner - drums
Simon Oslender - B3, piano

Stay tuned for more.

 

PHILTHY feat. PHILIP LASSITER EU TOUR

APRIL 2018

Simon teams up with 8-time Grammy Award winner Philip Lassiter and an incredible band for a Germany/Netherlands tour in April. Don't miss this groovy madness.

Philip Lassiter has worked with Prince, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan and many more being considered one on the world's finest horn players and arrangers. Now he's out on the road with his European band to bring the funk to the people through his own project "PHILTHY"

combining nasty, soulful grooves with a lot of musical depth and finesse.

"Crazy Groove Nights" Residency Gig

March 2018
Since September of 2017, Simon has had the honor of hosting a monthly event called
"Simon Oslender's Crazy Groove Nights" where he invites a different line up some of
Europe's finest musicians
every month, creating some very exciting new combinations. In the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of SOL Kulturbar in Mülheim a.d.R., Germany, these Monday night groove parties have already become popular among music fans all over the country.

Be there next time to experience the fun!
SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH IS ALWAYS GROOVE DAY!
Check the "Tourdates" page for the individual line ups.
 

Wolfgang Haffner Band in Namibia

October 2017

Windhoek, NA

Simon had the incredible honor of traveling to Africa for the first time to play with Wolfgang Haffner and his Band (Christian Diener on bass and Christopher Dell on vibraphone). What a highlight!

Warehouse Theatre

Thanks to the amazing people of the Goethe Institute as well as the warm-hearted audience, the show at Warehouse theatre was a big success. Hopefully the band will return to the beautiful and welcoming country of Namibia in 2018.

Pimpy Panda Single Release

March 31st, 2017

 
One of Simon's main bands, Pimpy Panda, has released a brand new single by the name of "Don't Give Up". It also includes the song "Es Geht Los".

Here's the music video. The full album "PANDRENALIN" will be availble in June 2017!!!
Stay tuned and get ready for a FUNK BLAST!!!


Find it on:
iTunes
Amazon

Martin Verdonk's Master Sessions

March 2017

Simon had the honor to be a part of a 2-day episode of Martin Verdonk's Master Sessions in Almere, NL. The percussionist gathers a new group of special guest musicians each month and records 4 songs per day, both video and audio - no overdubs, no autotune, no editing. Only REAL music. The episodes will be released in May 2017 and January 2018 so stay tuned. The sessions featured the Babylon Brothers from Norway (Erik Smith on Drums, Staffan William-Olsson on Guitar and Tom-Erik Antonsen on bass) as well as the great Peter Lieberom (sax) and the fantastic host, Martin Verdonk (percussion). The band had a fantastic time and the results were wonderful. Simon is feeling beyong honored and grateful about this experience with some of the most musical and tasteful players in Europe.

 

Mr. M's Jazz Club

March 2017

10th Anniversary

Simon is happy to announce that he's now part of the amazing Mr. M's All Star Band. In addition to touring all over Germany, every year at Marc Marshall's fantastic festival "Mr. M's Jazz Club" in Baden-Baden, Germany, this band performs with different international guest stars. The band is a selection of Germany's most sought-after session musicians who Simon has always admired: Bruno Müller, Hendrik Soll, Frank Lauber, Christian Von Kaphengst and Hans Dekker.

Three Nights Of Music and Love

This year's guests were Wolfgang Haffner, Rhani Krija, Johnny Logan, Joo Kraus, Peter Fessler, Torsten Goods, Jeff Cascaro, Kim Sanders, Fola Dada, Lucia Cadotsch, Judy Niemack, Charles Simmons and Marc Secara. What a family. Certainly one of the highlights in Simon's career.
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2016

Dear friends, musicians and music lovers,

it's been a while since I have updated this page (except for the tourdates). I've been doing a lot of touring, preparation for upcoming projects, it's been an amazing summer. Spent my time on tours with Philip Lassiter, Pimpy Panda, Torsten Goods, Kirk Fletcher and recording the third Twogether album!!! I'm now studying Keyboards/Piano/Hammond at Codarts Conservatory in the beautiful city of Rotterdam - I just love it here!!!
Apart from that, there will be a lot of exciting things happening over the next months.

After a great success with the first album "Bamboolicious", the second Pimpy Panda album will be recorded in October. So watch out for an exciting, hip-shaking mix of neo-soul, funk, gospel and all-around awesomeness. Looking forward to that one! I'm proud to announce that there is going to be at least one of my original compositions on the album.

There are a couple of amazing tour legs with Kirk Fletcher as well as other exciting concerts like a show with my hero Dr. Lonnie Smith and the Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw. Check the tourdates page for more exciting shows and tours that you might wanna come and see!

The third album of my main project, Twogether, will be produced in fall too, in collaboration with producer/developer duo Bart Oostindie and Yves Dupuits. It will be a huge step forward from the last albums. Look out for a release in early 2017.

I'll try to keep everything up to date! Hope to see you all soon and keep spreading love through music - it is more important than ever before at the moment.

Tastenwelt-Feature

One of europe's leading keyboard magazines, "Tastenwelt", published a portrait/interview article about Simon, covering his career, first steps in music and all current projects and plans!!! Special thanks to Klaus Tenner for

writing this great article.

Click here to read the whole article online!!!
PAGE 1 - PAGE 2

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Here's a little treat I produced for all of you - an own arrangement/recording video of "The Christmas Song", which is actually my favorite Christmas song.
 

New Video - live with Philip Lassiter

New Band: PIMPY PANDA

AUGUST 2015 - it's going DOWN!


Let me introduce this booty-shakin' collective with some of the greatest musicians I know!!! I have the honor of tickling the B3, Rhodes and some more keyboards in this project, founded by the amazing Daniel Hopf, one of my musical soulmates.


CHECK THIS OUT!!!! It's serious!

Upcoming projects and shows

July 2015 - I'm delighted to announce a very special period of gigs and projects in the upcoming month. So much exciting stuff going on. Check it out:

First of all, I'll be playing at the "Nils Landgren Jazz Youngsters" concert in Rüsselsheim, Germany, on July 1st, along with my musical soulmate Jerome Cardynaals (drums) and, of course, Mr Red Horn, Nils Landgren. Such an honor. Nils has been one of the first and most important of my musical influences.

Next, I'll be heading to Gaildorf, southern Germany, for a wonderful blues festival. I'll be doing two shows there on July 4, first with The Özdemirs feat. Simon Oslender and later on with Sugaray Rayford and his band from LA on the main stage. This is gonna be exciting - come out and hang! I'll be there from July 3rd thru 5th to see all the greats like Robert Cray, Mud Morganfield, Bruce Katz and many more.

Shortly after, I'll hit the studio with great friend and master bass player Jo Didderen and his current project - watch out for the release, this music is going to make you feel good!!! :-)

The next recording session will be in Mallorca, Spain, along with Julian Vaughn (drums) and a few more killer musicians. Julian has played with literally everyone including BB King, Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, Jack McDuff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff and all the legends. What an honor to be a part of his project.

And now for something completely different. Beginning of August, I'll be on my way to Rome to perform during a vespers with Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square - 4th of August. Yes, it's true. Still can't believe that this is actually happening. I'll be joining Gregor Linßen and his band, we'll be playing for thousands of visitors from all over the world. So exciting!

Last, but definitely not least, we had the chance to invite Philip Lassiter for a special show in Mülheim, Germany. Philip is one of the world's leading trumpet players and horn arrangers, known for his exceptional work with Prince, Snarky Puppy, Jil Scott, Cory Henry and many more!!! The line up will consist of Hanno Busch (guitar), Daniel Hopf (bass), Jerome Cardynaals (drums) and myself on B3 and keyboards. You don't want to miss this special opportunity to see one of the funkiest dudes out there with such a band... Be there - August 8, SOL Kulturbar, Mülheim an der Ruhr.

All the best to you guys!

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