Michael Pedicin Quartet: The Brubeck Project

"I am thrilled that Michael Pedicin thinks so much of my music that he is committing himself to this project. As a Dave Brubeck Quartet saxophone alumnus, I know he will do my music justice." - Dave Brubeck

The Brubeck ProjectOne of the primary reasons for the stature of Jazz as a profound art form is that it is a living entity, constantly evolving and thriving from the contributions of its most influential and powerful artists. One of those immortals is the amazing Dave Brubeck, who for more than half a century has brought his joyful and delightful music to enthusiastic fans all over the world. We are still quite fortunate that even at 90 years old, Mr. Brubeck continues to perform for his fans, albeit on a limited basis. But his music - like himself - is immortal, and continues to thrive and grow in the hands of those who can best perform it with the love, commitment and compassion it deserves. Michael Pedicin is one of those few artists best qualified to take on this enormous quest.

The Brubeck Project is the latest manifestation of the extraordinary musical vision of saxophonist/composer Michael Pedicin’s outstanding career.

The idea for the formation of this group came to Michael, as a respectful alumnus of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Appropriately, Michael brought the idea to two members of Mr. Brubeck’s current group, bassist Michael Moore and drummer Randy Jones.

Although Michael played for the Brubeck Quartet in the early –mid eighties, which was at the beginning of Michael’s long and successful career (which includes eight albums as a leader), Moore and Jones have been part of Dave’s quartet since 1999 and 1980 respectively. Recognizing the extreme importance of identifying the pianist who would provide the proper spirit and artistry demanded by this position, the three Brubeck alumni were very demanding in finding the one and only artist who could fulfill the musical needs of this music and this quartet - the brilliant young pianist, Dean Schneider.

The next item was making the most important decisions as to which of the vast number of compositions written by and associated with Mr. Brubeck would comprise the Quartet’s repertoire, giving it a newer and very exciting jazz twist. These include The Duke, Broadway Bossa Nova, Unisphere, Theme For June, In Your Own Sweet Way, Cassandra, Strange Meadowlark, Forty Days, All My Love, Blue Rondo a la Turk, and of course, Take Five.

So, Michael Pedicin offers this quartet as a bold musical statement, playing the music of Dave Brubeck in a new and exciting way, while keeping the essence and tradition of his brilliant composing skills…..played by three alumni and one new member. An experience you will enjoy and remember forever!

"It is a privilege for us to play and honor Dave's music. His creativity and music has given us the opportunity to experience it while playing in Dave's quartet, and now the freedom to play his music in our newly-formed quartet. Randy Jones, Michael Moore, Dean Schneider, and I are excited to carry his legacy forward." - Michael Pedicin

Dean Schneider

Dean Schneider is one of the most sought-after pianists, arrangers and musical directors on the east coast. His career spans over 30 years of live performance based in the Philadelphia, New York and Atlantic City regions, as well as touring the United States and international engagements. Mr. Schneider has accompanied such artists as Plácido Domingo, Rachel York, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Louise Duart, Lou Rawls, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis, Michael Crawford, Anthony Newley, Carol Lawrence, Shirley Bassey, Clay Aiken, Buddy Greco, Kathie Lee Gifford, Frank Gorshin and many other artists. For 20 years, he has been accompanist for Diahann Carroll in concert halls and showrooms throughout the U.S. and Canada, and he currently serves as her musical director.

Over the last 20 years, Mr. Schneider has provided musical direction for many cabaret artists at venues that include The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, Central Park’s Tavern on the Green, Danny’s Skylight Room, The Supper Club, Eighty-Eights, Odette’s and many others. In the 1980s, he was house pianist at Bally’s Grand and Harrah’s Casino Hotels, where he conducted and accompanied many productions and shows. He also served as music director for Eddie Bruce Entertainment for over 15 years, performing at private and corporate events and cabaret shows.

Mr. Schneider has produced recordings for numerous Philadelphia vocalists, has directed a performing arts camp in Margate, New Jersey, and is currently collaborating with playwright Andrea Green to arrange and record a series of children’s musicals. He has performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, Delaware Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Mr. Schneider studied music education at Temple University and currently serves on the faculty at Rowan University’s Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies in Glassboro, New Jersey. In 2010, Mr. Schneider was elected to the board of directors of the new Willow Grove branch of the Settlement Music School.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael Moore started his musical training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studied bass with Frank Proto, Harold Roberts and Orin OBrien.

The most recent member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, bassist Michael Moore, is an acknowledged master of his instrument, as well as a leader of his own duo and trio which feature the bass as a solo instrument. John S. Wilson of the New York Times called Michael one of the most consistently brilliant bassists in recent history.

After joining the Woody Herman band at age 20, he became an important player in the New York jazz scene.

His work has included recordings and live performances with Marian McPartland, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Rowles, Gene Bertoncini, Jack Wilkens, Benny Goodman, Ruby Braff, Jimmy Raney, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Tony Bennett, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer and Gil Evans.

Randy Jones

When British born Randy Jones first came to the United States, he received immediate critical recognition. He played with such jazz greats as Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Milt Jackson, Bill Watrous and Harry James. He was invited to join the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1978 and has remained with them ever since.

Jones started work as a drummer at the age of sixteen, touring Germany with an English rock and roll group. During his early career he played mostly rock and ‘pop’ for TV and recording sessions. When the opportunity came to play jazz with the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, which was then based in England, he jumped at the chance. During the six years he was with Ferguson’s band, he made numerous recordings and worked with singing stars such as Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett and Billy Eckstine.

He has recorded many albums with the Quartet on Telarc, MusicMasters and Concord Jazz labels. He has toured with the Dave Brubeck Quartet throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan and has appeared with them on numerous TV shows in the U.S., Japan and Europe. Randy Jones is noted as a versatile drummer, capable of swinging a big band, or dynamically weaving intricate patterns in the Quartet’s odd time signatures. An avid collector of classical recordings, his solos reflect that interest with an unusually strong sense of melodic form and compositional structure.



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