Simon was born in England in 1982 and started playing saxophone and piano at an early age, winning national prizes and touring Europe and the USA with the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra. In 2000 and 2002 he was a national finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and won the Walter Todds Bursary for outstanding musical promise.

Simon studied music at Cambridge University and after graduating he won the prestigious Daiwa Scholarship and came to Tokyo in 2003, where he studied Japanese language and traditional music.

Simon soon became involved in the Tokyo jazz scene and has been playing professionally since 2004, ever in demand as a saxophonist, pianist, composer, arranger and educator. He has released three albums under his own name, most recently as leader of Tokyo Jazz Seven, and has performed with such acclaimed artists as the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jamie Cullum and Norio Maeda. In 2014 his group was invited to play at the Manly Jazz Festival in Sydney, and he also performed at the Jus’ Jazz Festival 2013 in India.