Originally hailing from Liverpool, England, trumpeter Simon Burke has lived in Central Illinois since 2002. While still in the UK, he formed “Skokiaan”, a five piece band that played African Township jazz. Skokiaan performed throughout Britain and Ireland and were a regular feature on the lively British summer festival circuit, playing support spots for artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as well as producing three CD's.
Since 2008, Simon has performed under the working title "The Aduki Jazz Project". Aduki have made close to three hundred appearances, venues performed include Sugar Creek Arts Festival, The Springfield Jazz and Blues Festival, the Illinois State Fair, Normal Amphitheater, Norb Andy's and Robbie's in Springfield, Il and Fat Jack's, Baxter's and Swingers Grill in Bloomington.
Simon performs with a variety of line-ups from a duo to a quintet. If you are interested in hiring Simon for a wedding or other event, please visit the private events page.
Simon completed a master's degree in jazz performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in May of 2013 and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program. Alongside his performance and compositional activities, Simon is an active educator and has a trumpet studio at Kidder Music in Bloomington, where he welcomes students of all ages and levels of ability.