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Johnnie Valentino


Born in 1957 in a South Philadelphia neighborhood filled with a history of jazz guitarists that starts with 1920's legend Eddie Lang continuing through to today's jazz guitar legend Pat Martino. Johnnie studied privately as a young man with Dennis Sandole, Joe Sgro and Pat Martino. Also during that time he studied composition at Rutgers University while doing local club dates and recording sessions at Alpha recording studio for Philly World Records. In 1984 Johnnie relocated to Los Angeles where he has been musically active in many facets such as writing,,recording, scoring, performing and sound designing for TV, films and recordings. During these years he has recorded with some of today's leading contemporary improvisers including , Alex Acuna, Bennie Maupin,Vinny Golia,Wadada Leo Smith, Billy Drewes, Oscar Brashear, Andy Lester, Kermit Driscoll, Sherman Ferguson, Luis Conte, Mick Rossi, Alphonso Johnson,Delmar Brown and Pat Martino. At the 2000 International Monitor Awards in LA he was awarded the Best Sound Design Award


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Eclectic and Electric

Read "Eclectic and Electric" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is kind of eclectic, what with music from the likes of Petter Eldh's European super group Koma Saxo taking jazz in a different direction, Reverse Winchester (rapper/poet Mike Ladd hooked up with the open tuning of guitarist Mathieu Sourisseau), a historical bit on the strange tale of Canadian drummer Claude ...


Article: My Playlist

Mick Rossi

Read "Mick Rossi" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Pianist, drummer/percussionist, and composer Mick Rossi is known for his diverse, progressive work in the New York Downtown scene where he has collaborated with the likes of Steven Bernstein, Mark Dresser, Dave Douglas, Erik Friedlander, Gerry Hemingway, Ron Horton, Andy Laster, Michael Sarin and Cuong Vu. Despite the very busy and long-standing collaborations with Philip Glass ...


Article: Album Review

Michael Pedicin: As It Should Be: Ballads 2

Read "As It Should Be: Ballads 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With Ballads...Searching For Peace (Self Produced, 2011), saxophonist Michael Pedicin managed to produce a work that satisfied by focusing on subdued sentiments while also shining a light on the compositions of some of the great tenors of all time. On this perfectly complementary companion piece, Pedicin dims the lights and wears his heart on his sleeve ...


News: Recording

Tenor Saxophonist Michael Pedicin To Release "As It Should Be: Ballads 2," April 21

Tenor Saxophonist Michael Pedicin To Release "As It Should Be: Ballads 2," April 21

With the April 21 release of As It Should Be: Ballads 2, tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Pedicin continues to spread the message of acceptance and justice he eloquently shared on his critically acclaimed 2011 album Ballads … searching for peace. “I’m one of those diehard '60s kids that grew up concerned about peace and togetherness,” ...


Article: Lyrics

Mick Rossi

Read "Mick Rossi" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Lhasa de Sela -La Llorona (Audiogram / Atlantic -1997). Un canto espressivo ed elegante. Orchestrazioni eccentriche e bellissime. Triste averla persa così presto. 02. Jimmy Giuffre -Thesis (Verve -1962). Ispirato e trascendente. Paul Bley e Steve Swallow complici profondi. 03. Philip Glass -Music in Twelve Parts (Orange ...


Article: Interview

Michael Pedicin: Compassion Joins Creativity

Read "Michael Pedicin: Compassion Joins Creativity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saxophonist Michael Pedicin, he of the rich tone and fertile imagination, is on a tear lately. His last three albums are remarkable, exhibiting both his catchy improvisational skill and simple beauty. His 2011 album, Ballads... Searching for Peace (Jazz Hut Records) is that beauty on display and one of the best ballad albums to ...


Article: Album Review

Michael Pedicin: Why Stop Now/Ubuntu

Read "Why Stop Now/Ubuntu" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Michael Pedicin, like many a tenor saxophonist, bows at the altar of John Coltrane. Pedicin's work in the past has frequently referenced that iconic figure through theme, spirit, sound and/or song selection, and he continues along a similar path on Why Stop Now/Ubuntu. For his twelfth outing as a leader, Pedicin crafted a ...


Stingy Brim

Label: OmniTone
Released: 2006
Track listing: Stingy Brim; Dog Eggs; Oyster Bay; 4AM; Return; Stone Balloons; Where When & How; Coyote Cowboy; Off Balance; All Monk's Children.


Article: Album Review

Johnnie Valentino: Stingy Brim

Read "Stingy Brim" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La tuba o contrabbasso a fiato, lo strumento più grave della famiglia degli ottoni, ingombrante e tecnicamente rigido, ha svolto un ruolo fondamentale, all’inizio del secolo scorso, nell’affermarsi delle prime jazz band essendone stato un metronomo infallibile e gioioso nello stesso tempo. Con l’avvento del contrabbasso a corde, la tuba ha un subito un lungo periodo ...


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