Symon's New Blue Diamonds is a six-piece instrumental rock band that features the music of Symon Michael, an avant garde jazz composer who paints musical narrations and landscapes using a rock pallete rather than the traditional jazz fare.
Symon Michael grew up in rural Appalachia during the 70's, where he played clarinet as a child and learned to read music. In highschool, he also played flute and performed in various school and public concert bands. He wound up in San Francisco in 1980, catching the SF punk movement while it was in full swing. At that point, Symon purchased his first saxophone and began writing and performing as one of a small group of horn players in the west coast "punk funk" movement of the day.
Over the years, he expanded his repertoire as composer and arranger and spent a few years writing advertising jingles and other instrumental music for film, helping to found The Music Workshop with piano player and fellow composer Alexander Marlowe. During this period, Symon released two 12-inch vinyl records of original compositions.
In the nineties, Symon finally launched Symon's New Blue Diamonds, an all-instrumental jazz band of his own design. With help from a core of loyal, highly talented musicians, the band was a local favorite at nightclubs and released its first full-length digital CD before being disbanded in 1993. After a long silence, Symon’s New Blue Diamonds was re-formed in 2008 with most of the original members in attendance. Added to the original lineup is Symon’s sister Martha Michael, who wields trumpet and flugelhorn for the new band.
Symon continues to live in San Francisco and is still writing and recording, using the Internet and other digital media technologies for collaboration and distribution. In addition to his own band, he is a working session musician and has done work with True Margrit, Blue Cat Sandwich, Larry Gallagher, Sean O’Brien, and many other active Bay Area performing artists.
1985 - Big Deal (vinyl 12 inch LP)
1987 - Serving Suggestino (vinyl 12 inch LP)
1993 - Cram It Down (CD)
2008 - One Hundred Nights Of Passion (CD)
2010 -Why I Quit The Music Business (CD)