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:

Sunday June 9, 2019 2pm.: Michael Pedicin and the South Jersey Jazz Society present the life, times, and music of legendary tenor saxophonists Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Hank Mobley. Dr. Pedicin will discuss the important biographical, historical, and anecdotal story of each of these wonderful jazz musicians, which will be followed by a performance* of his quintet, featuring:

Michael Pedicin, tenor saxophone
Joe Breidenstine, trumpet
Chris Simonini, piano
Brian Howell, acoustic bass
Doug Martin, drums


Sunday, June 16, 2019 2pm.: Michael Pedicin and the South Jersey Jazz Society present the life, legacy, and music of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon a/k/a “The Sophisticated Giant.” Following a brief discussion, there will be a performance* of Dexter’s music by Michael’s quintet, featuring:

Michael Pedicin, tenor saxophone
Joe Breidenstine, trumpet
Chris Simonini, piano
Brian Howell, acoustic bass
Doug Martin, drums

*There will be a 10-minute Q and A following each performance. Free admission. No reservations required!


Past Events


  • Part 1) “The History of the Saxophone”
    Part 2) “Remembering Michael Brecker”
  • The Filadelphia Saxophone Quartet
  • The Carl Cox/Dave Hartl Project
  • The New Jersey Saxophone Quartet


  • Joe Barrett and the Seasoned Jazz Virtuosi of South Jersey
  • “LET’S BE FRANK” featuring Gina Roche


  • “The Guitars of Jazz”
  • “The Making and Marketing of a CD”
  • “The Italian Tenors,” ……tenor saxophonists that is!”
  • “The Instruments of Jazz; In performance and discussion.”
  • “Two Trumpets Too” featuring trumpeters Bob Ferguson and Al Harrison.*
  • “Two Bones Too” featuring New York-based trombonists Clint Sharman and Bob Suttman*
  • “Two Saxes Too” featuring saxophonists Bob Rawlins and John Guida*


  • “Home-Grown, Born and Bred Jazz in Ocean City: A Concert Series”
    • Saxophonist Ken Fowser and his quartet, with Jason Tiemann (drums); Tyler Mitchell, (bass); Steve Einerson, (piano).
    • Joe Breidenstine, trumpet; Tamara deMent, violin; Chris Simonini, piano; Rich Kurtz, bass; Bob Shomo, drums.
    • 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!



  • Dianne Monroe Quartet featuring vibraphonist Tony MiceliEd Vezinho and his Hiptet
  • Michael Pedicin and Friends “Christmas Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon.”
  • “R and B goes Jazz”
  • ”Four Bassists at Play”
  • “THE ART OF PURE IMPROVISATION” by Quartetto Pedicino



  • lecture and seminar “Jazz: One’s Journey to a Better Life.”
  •  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.
  • 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.)
  • “The Guitar In Jazz” – featuring Tom Giacabetti and his trio
  • “The Trombone In Jazz” – featuring Don Collins and his Quartet
  • “The Vibes In Jazz” – featuring the Tony Miceli Group.


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.
Please check out our Jazz In the Schools Program (Click to view on YouTube)


The Women of Jazz Series – featuring Cathy Rocco, Mary Lou Newnam, and Monnette Sudler

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