The South Jersey Jazz Society is excited to be a part of  The Education Initiative, in partnership with Ocean City Home BankJacobs MusicOcean City Free Public LibraryEnroute Computer SolutionsGodfrey Funeral HomesRichard Stockton College of NJ and Atlantic City Instrument Rental, which includes a wide range of jazz education programs for elementary school students, high school students and adults.

This Initiative includes: Student Workshops, Lectures and Jazz Appreciation Programs, Elementary School Assembly Programs, and Master Classes.

Upcoming Events

Michael Pedicin Lecture/Performance dates:

November 19th 2:00PM

“The Guitars of Jazz”…….A trip through the styles, influences, and concepts of the jazz guitar, as well as its contributions to players and listeners alike.

Brian Betz – guitar, Mathew Mccluskey – guitar, John Mulheron – guitar, Brian Howell – bass, and Vic Stevens – drums

Ocean City Free Public Library at 2:00 p.m. (FREE EVENT)

Past Events

2017 Events

May 14, 2017…”The Making and Marketing of a CD”
Ocean City Free Public Library at 2:00 p.m. (FREE EVENT)
June 11, 2017…”The Italian Tenors,” ……tenor saxophonists that is!”
Ocean City Free Public Library at 2:00 p.m. (FREE EVENT)

“The Instruments of Jazz; In performance and discussion.”

An educational and performance series, which will highlight the dynamic integration and important role of brass and woodwind horns in Jazz.*

*We have paired two players of the same instrument on each of these Sunday performances, who will demonstrate the instrumental variation possible, as well as the diversity that each player has to offer stylistically. In addition to offering these live performances, SJJS educational chair Michael Pedicin, and the selected musicians for each week’s presentation, will discuss the important historical role of their instruments. Piano, bass and drums will accompany each duo of featured artists.

Free programs are on Sunday afternoons at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226

*February 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm……*
*”Two Trumpets Too” featuring trumpeters Bob Ferguson and Al Harrison.*
*February 12, 20017 at 2:00 pm……*
*”Two Bones Too” featuring New York-based trombonists Clint Sharman and Bob Suttman*
*February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm……*
*”Two Saxes Too” featuring saxophonists Bob Rawlins and John Guida*

2016 Events

“Home-Grown, Born and Bred Jazz in Ocean City: A Concert Series”

Michael Pedicin, chair of education for the South Jersey Jazz Society, will present the series. All or our events will feature musicians who were born in either Cape May or Atlantic county.

Some of the featured musicians still live here, and some have taken up residence in New York or Philadelphia…never losing or leaving their connection to their seashore roots.

April 24th – We will feature a talented Ocean City native and recent (March ’16) national Jazz chart #1 artist, Saxophonist Ken Fowser and his quartet, with Jason Tiemann (drums); Tyler Mitchell, (bass); Steve Einerson, (piano).

May 1st – We will feature a quintet of jazz musicians, all of whom grew up right here at the shore: Joe Breidenstine, trumpet; Tamara deMent, violin; Chris Simonini, piano; Rich Kurtz, bass; Bob Shomo, drums.

May 8th (Mother’s Day) – We will feature a quartet with Michael Pedicin, saxophone (Philadelphia/Linwood); Doug Martin, drums (Northfield); Bob Ferguson, trumpet (Linwood); Chris Simonini, organ (Vineland). A special tribute and jazz composition dedicated to Mother’s Day will be performed!




Fall 2015

Michael Pedicin, in association with the South Jersey Jazz Society presents the Ocean City Free Public Library series. 

November 8, 2015…Dianne Monroe Quartet featuring vibraphonist Tony Miceli.

November 15, 2015…Ed Vezinho and his Hiptet

November 22, 2015…Michael Pedicin and Friends “Christmas Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon.”

February 7, 2016…“R and B goes Jazz”

February 21, 2016…”A LOVE SUPREME”

February 28, 2016…”Four Bassists at Play”

2015 Spring

In this 3-part series, saxophonist and educator Michael Pedicin plus other selected musicians, will journey toward an afternoon of free musical expression (jazz, classical and world music) and pure, freely-inspired improvisation.


2014 Winter

Saxophonist, psychologist, and educator, Dr. Michael Pedicin presented a lecture and seminar “Jazz: One’s Journey to a Better Life.”

In his presentation, Dr. Pedicin described how the paradigm for jazz can lead us, as musicians or non-musicians, to a better way of feeling and thinking through the embodiment of Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness.

“Life’s journey can be enhanced by appropriate perception, and the willingness to change one’s dogmatic or rigid thinking. We are all free to allow ourselves the joy of improvising, creating, and thinking in more healthful ways, so that the essence of jazz, as an art form and process, can transcend all pre-existing and limiting boundaries.”


2014 Summer Jazz Series

 Hard Bop Sunday,” featuring the Bob Ferguson Quintet 

Standing In the Shadows of Motown,” a documentary lecture  and discussion about the Funk Brothers, Motown, presented by guitarist, author and producer Allan Slutsty.

Jazz played by teacher and student” featuring two professional and related jazz pianists, Dean Schneider (teacher) and Chris Simonini (student). 

Bebop for a Sunday Afternoon,” featuring the Tom Angello Quartet.

Jazz Bass plus 1 on a Sunday Afternoon.” Featuring bassists Andy Lalasis and Bob Fowler.

Smooth Jazz Sunday” by the Howard Isaacson Quartet.

 Jazz on Broadway” featuring the Bud Noble Trio 

Blues for a Sunday Afternoon” featuring the jazz and blues styling of vocalist Paula Johns.


Ocean City Free Public Library 3-part series…”THE ART OF IMPROVISATION”


March 23rd, March 30th, and April 6th 2014.

Presented by saxophonist and educator Dr. Michael Pedicin **, in association with the Somers Point Jazz Society and the Ocean City, NJ Free Public Library.

“The Art of Improvisation” series is dedicated to the memory of the late Christopher Maloney, who lived a life… filled with creative and intellectual inspiration and community involvement.

**Also presenting: pianist Chris Simonini; bassist Lee Smith; drummer Vic Stevens.

The Art of Improvisation, Part I (March 23rd, 2:00-3:15 p.m.)
The of Improvisation, Part II (March 30th, 2:00-3:15 p.m.)
The Art of Improvisation, Part III (April 6th, 2:00-3:15 p.m.)


Michael Pedicin and the Somers Point Jazz Society, in association with the Ocean City Free Public Library, present a 3-part performance and lecture series dedicated to the historical development and musical importance of the guitar, the trombone, and the vibraphone in Jazz.

Programs included: “The Guitar In Jazz” – featuring Tom Giacabetti and his trio, “The Trombone In Jazz” – featuring Don Collins and his Quartet, and “The Vibes In Jazz” – featuring the Tony Miceli Group.


Michael Pedicin’s “The Summer of the Saxophone” 

Lectures included: The Music and Spirituality of John Coltrane, Part I & II, The Saxophone, Stan Getz, and the Bossa Nova, The The Music of the Miles Davis Sextet, The Music of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Celebrating Directions In Music – the Music of Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Brian Blade and John Patitucci, and The Music of Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny, Part I & I

All performances are hosted by Michael Pedicin, and feature Michael Pedicin – tenor saxophone, with various ensembles.

Jazz Saxophonist Michael Pedicin is an associate professor of Music and coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.He is also the Education Committee Chairperson for Somers Point Jazz Society.


The next 6-part Jazz Lecture Series at the Ocean City Public Library:

The Icons of Jazz” – Louis Armstrong; Duke Ellington; Dizzy Gillespie; Charlie Parker; Thelonius Monk; McCoy Tyner; Sonny Rollins; John Coltrane; Cannonball Adderley; John Coltrane plus more!
This series will document and explore why these musicians are so important to the overall history and development of this truly wonderful American Art Form……JAZZ! There will be lecture, discussion, music, and film.
Co-presenters and co-hosts Michael Pedicin and Bob Ferguson will both be present at each day’s event.
Dates and times: Sundays (4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27). 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Please check out our Jazz In the Schools Program (Click to view on YouTube)


The Women of Jazz Series

Sunday afternoons–January 15, 22, and 29, 2012, 2-3:30 PM
Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226
January 15, 2012
Cathy Rocco (vocalist): Cathy Rocco’s vocal offerings represent Jazz Artists’ universal affection for the Great American Songbook. Cathy adds her flavoring of the Blues to these songs, giving her own signature to these Classics from the 1920′s through today.  Cathy’s performance will be accompanied by a lecture from Michael Pedicin, Chair–Education Committee of the Somers Point Jazz Society.
January 22, 2012
Mary Lou Newnam (saxophonist/flutist): This program will include performance and discussion concerning the Women Pioneers in Jazz and will highlight some of the most important women in Jazz from the 1930′s to the present.  Instrumentalists and vocalists from this era will be represented.  Marylou will be joined by trumpeter George Rabbai, and others.
Janaury 29, 2012
Monnette Sudler (guitarist): Monnette Sudler and her band, which includes Lynn Riley on alto saxophone and flute; Leesa Dawn Robinson on drums, plus others, will feature and highlight the music of Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter.

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