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Shane Simpson is a pianist, composer, and music teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. He has served as an Affiliated Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as faculty at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, MA. He is a faculty member at NEC’s Jazz Lab and staff member at the Maine Jazz Camp. Originating from the North Shore of Chicago, Shane has performed in cities throughout the US, and he appeared at the Panama Jazz Festival in 2017. His mentors include some of the best pianists and improvisers in the world including Fred Hersch, Anthony Coleman, Bruce Brubaker, and Ran Blake who premiered Shane’s original composition ​Bright​ at the Kitano with vocalist Sara Serpa in 2016. In 2015, Shane received the Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award from NEC where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jazz Performance. Shane is a member of Petite Feet, an experimental ragtime trio and the ensemble-in-residence at NEC’s Jazz Lab. Pianist Ethan Iverson calls ​Nude Piano: Iconic Rags of Scott Joplin​, the trio’s debut record released July 4th, 2019, “an engaging surprise.” Shane teaches lessons in piano, composition, improvisation, music theory, ear training, and sight-singing. He teaches all ages, levels, and styles.