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Simon Bartholomew

Simon Bartholomew is a talented musician and guitarist best known as a founding member of the British acid jazz band, The Brand New Heavies. Born on August 4th, 1964, in Surrey, England, Bartholomew began playing the guitar at a young age and was influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, and Carlos Santana.
In the late 1980s, Bartholomew teamed up with bassist Andrew Levy and drummer Jan Kincaid to form The Brand New Heavies. The group quickly gained attention with their fusion of jazz, funk, and soul, and became a staple of the acid jazz movement. With Bartholomew's virtuosic guitar playing and songwriting, the band released several successful albums, including "The Brand New Heavies" (1990), "Brother Sister" (1994), and "Shelter" (1997).
Bartholomew's guitar work can be heard on some of The Brand New Heavies' biggest hits, including "Never Stop," "Dream Come True," and "Midnight at the Oasis." He has also collaborated with other artists, such as N'Dea Davenport, Jamiroquai, and Robbie Williams.
Aside from his work as a musician, Bartholomew is also a dedicated music educator. He has taught guitar at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, UK, and has conducted master classes and workshops around the world.
Simon Bartholomew's contributions to the world of music have been significant, and his talent as a guitarist and songwriter has left a lasting impact on the acid jazz and funk scenes. His dedication to sharing his knowledge and passion for music has also helped to inspire and educate the next generation of musicians.

While Simon continues to tour and record with The Brand New Heavies, he has also worked on other projects such as Akimbo and 1ibear, with more personal projects in the pipeline.