Marlysse Simmons

Adjunct Instructor

Small Jazz Ensemble

Department of Music

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Marlysee Simmons is an Adjunct Instructor of Jazz at VCU, where she teaches Small Jazz Ensemble. She brings a considerable background in jazz piano, composition, bandleading, world music, percussion, and even some French Horn to the benefit of our students. Simmons received her B.A. in Piano at The University of Maryland at College Park and her M.M. in Composition from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Arturo O’Farrill, who commissioned her to write two arrangements for his band, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and engaged her as a teacher in New York City Public Schools within The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, his non-profit organization. Between her own album-release and that of others, she is represented on eight CDs. She has toured internationally, has presented sessions at The Smithsonian, and is well known in the region for her work with Bio Ritmo, Miramar, Os Magrelos, and Magrela Rose.