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As It Should Be: Ballads 2, the 14th album of tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Pedicin’s prolific career, is in many ways akin to his acclaimed 2011 CD, Ballads… searching for peace. Ballads showcasing the exquisitely lyrical aspects of Pedicin’s playing are again the focus, but with a difference. Other than the John Coltrane classic “Crescent” and an especially tender treatment of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (a tune rarely performed in a jazz context), eight of the disc’s 10 songs were composed as ballads by the saxophonist’s longtime collaborator, guitarist Johnnie Valentino

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Mangia e Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

Mangia e Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

November is a celebration of Italian American jazz artists at Chris’ Jazz Café and their favorite dishes that reflect their heritage. “All month long we’re showcasing musicians with Italian roots,” said Chef/Owner Mark DeNinno. “We thought it would be fun to tie in their favorite dishes, so guests can actually eat what the artists enjoy.” The ...

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OceanFirst Bank Jazz @ the Point 2018 Festival brings the best of jazz to South Jersey: Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14. Get your all access pass!

OceanFirst Bank Jazz @ the Point 2018 Festival brings the best of jazz to South Jersey: Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14. Get your all access pass!

The South Jersey Jazz Society has once again put together a lineup of incredible Jazz artists to perform at this year’s OceanFirst Bank Jazz @ the Point Festival Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14. Shows will be presented throughout various venues in Somers Point, New Jersey for fans of this great American art form to ...

As It Should Be: Ballads 2

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: As It Should Be; Storyteller; No Hard Feelings; Bridge Over Troubled Waters; Crescent; Bellagio; By Itself; Facing The Night; From Afar; Last Words.

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 ...

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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,” ...

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Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners will celebrate John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with nine days of FREE events. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016. One of the most important artists of the 20th century was our neighbor. He walked among ...

Hawthorne Park (12th & Catharine) Free Edgardo Cintron Quartet Concert May 15th!

Hawthorne Park (12th & Catharine) Free Edgardo Cintron Quartet Concert May 15th!

It’s time to bring those lawn chairs, beach blankets and picnic baskets out of storage! Jazz Bridge is once again partnering with Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition (HEC), sponsor of Friends of Hawthorne Park, for a series of free summer concerts. Jazz Bridge and HEC, both Pennsylvania nonprofit corporations, will sponsor Jazz in Hawthorne Park, a four-concert series ...

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Saxophonist Michael Pedicin In Media On Wed. May 21st!

Saxophonist Michael Pedicin In Media On Wed. May 21st!

The Jazz Bridge Third Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series in Media at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 West Rose Tree Road in Media PA presents saxophonist Michael Pedicin on Wednesday, May 21st. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10 / $5 for students and are available only at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit Jazz Bridge. ...

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R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2013

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Always a tricky thing is the selection of “best of" lists for the year. I don't get to hear everything that comes out, so a lot of fine music is missed. Also, the selection itself is subject to whims. An album may hit you right from the get-go. Another might take time to grow on you, ...


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