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, November 4th, Frank Strauss Trio. 2:00 pm. Michael Pedicin will present a brief discussion about the beginnings of the jazz piano in the early 20th century, followed by Frank and his trio as they perform and discuss their early influences, i.e. Fats Waller, Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, etc.

February 3rd (2019)…..Saxophonist and educator Michael Pedicin will present a two-part series, discussing the history of the saxophone, and also one of the most important jazz saxophonists of the last 50 years, Michael Brecker.

Part 1) “The History of the Saxophone”
Part 2) “Remembering Michael Brecker,” featuring Michael Pedicin, Chris Simonini, and Doug Martin.

February 10th (2019)…..The Filadelphia Saxophone Quartet, featuring four virtuosic saxophonists and educators from the University of the Arts. The quartet will be performing the music of saxophonist/composer Ron Kerber.

February 17th (2019)…..”The Carl Cox/Dave Hartl Project” will feature a young, brilliant tenor saxophonist and a skilled keyboardist/composer/orchestrator in an exchange of great improvised music.

February 24th (2019)…..”The New Jersey Saxophone Quartet” will be performing the “Music of Phil Woods.” The works will consist of selections from Phil’s three saxophone quartets.


Past Events


  • 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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