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:


Join us for Jazz with Philly Roots at the Ocean City Free Public Library! 


Michael Pedicin, in collaboration with the South Jersey Jazz Society, presents “Jazz with Philly Roots.” Michael has created a wonderful series of presenting his friends, most of whom are musicians and university educators, who have grown up in the city of Philadelphia and established themselves as important figures on the current jazz scene there, as well as some national and international prominence. All concerts will be held at 2:00pm in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall in the Ocean City Free Public Library. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. No tickets required! 



Sunday, November 10 Victor North Quintet 

Saxophonist Victor North has been a staple on the Philadelphia Jazz Scene for 25 plus years, leading his own groups and working as a sideman. Currently a member of Joey DeFrancesco’s “Philly Trio”, since August of 2018, Victor has performed and/or recorded with Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, Elio Villafranca, Charles Fambrough, John Swana, Terell Stafford, Mickey Roker, Duane Eubanks, among others, and recently performed at New York City’s famed, Blue Note Jazz Club, as a  new member of Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir. Victor can also be heard on Lucas Brown’s soon to be released CD, Skyviews, which will officially be released on November 8th at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, in Philadelphia



Sunday, November 17 Mike Boone Quartet 

Mike Boone was born in New York City, and started taking piano lessons at the age of eight. He later attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music, studying upright bass with Oscar Zimmerman and James Van Denmark. He eventually went on the road with Ben Vereen, and later with Buddy Rich before moving to Philadelphia in 1983. Mike has consistently played and recorded with the best musicians in Philadelphia, i.e. John Swana, Trudy Pitts, Shirley Scott, Sid Simmons, Byron Landham, and many more. Mike has produced a few albums of his own as a leader, and is currently an adjunct professor of Jazz (Bass) at Temple University. He is now joined in this quartet with his 13 year old son, musical prodigy Mekhi Boone. 



Sunday, November 24 Michael Pedicin Quartet 

Saxophonist, educator, and creative arts psychologist Michael Pedicin has played and/or recorded with just about everyone at one time or another. Michael began his career back in the early 1970s as a studio session musician with Philadelphia International Records. He later went on to tour and/or record with David Bowie, Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Pat Martino, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and so many others. In addition to his touring and performing schedule, he previously co-created and co-directed Temple University’s Jazz program, taught as a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts, and later created the Jazz Studies program at Stockton University. He currently maintains a solo psychology practice as a creative arts psychologist and continues to play as many concerts as he can. 



Sunday, December 1 Sumi Tonooka Trio 

Sumi Tonooka (pronounced To-NO-ka) has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid). With nine recordings to her name and a vast catalogue of compositions in genres symphonic, chamber, dance, film and jazz, Tonooka continues to be a creative force as a pianist/composer. Recent activities include artist in residence with the South Dakota Symphony, Kimmel Center Creative Music program in Philadelphia, and winner of the American Composers Orchestra Readings in NYC, through the Jazz Composers Orchestra Intensive (JCOI). 



Sunday, December 15 Don Collins Quintet 

Don Collins is a trombonist based out of Philadelphia, PA. He was the winner of the 2014 Philadelphia Clef Club Jazz Award. He began his musical studies at age 7 on piano, and took up euphonium, then subsequently the trombone, at age 9. His teachers have included euphonium soloist Brian Bowman, trombonist Steve Turre, and Philadelphia Orchestra principal trombonist Glenn Dodson. Don Collins has had the privilege of accompanying a host of diverse artists including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, The Trampps, Gerald Alston, Ernie Watts, Russell Tompkins Jr., Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Michael Stuart, James Moody, Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Heath, Joey Defrancesco, The Dells, The O’Jays, and many others. 




Past Events




  • The Jazz Organ and it’s Philly/Atlantic City Connection
  • The life, times, and music of legendary tenor saxophonists Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Hank Mobley
  • The life, legacy, and music of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon a/k/a “The Sophisticated Giant.”
  • 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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