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December 15, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:15 PM)

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 Quartet
 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.  

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