The thing Michael Pedicin, of Linwood, loves to do most in life is play saxophone, he said.
But a lifelong interest in medicine inspired him to attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine twice as a young man. The first time he lasted two years. Each time he dropped out because he missed playing music, he said.
Pedicin, 66, grew up in the Philadelphia area, with saxophonist/bandleader dad Mike Pedicin, who scored an early rock ’n’ roll hit in 1957 with a cover of Joe Morris’s “Shake a Hand.”
By the time he was 12, he was a serious musician, he said. During his career he has played tenor sax with Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson, Stanley Clarke, Pat Martino, Terence Blanchard and others.
He was a casino music director for years, a former head of jazz studies at Temple University and currently leads the jazz education program at Richard Stockton College.
At age 50, he decided to go back to the same medical school to get a doctorate in psychology.
“I thought they’d never accept me a third time,” he said. But they did.
Now he spends two days a week teaching at Stockton, one day a week in private practice in Linwood, helping creative people with mental and emotional issues, and the other three days a week traveling to play jazz, or in his West Village apartment in New York City, he said.
Pedicin and wife Sherry have been married 45 years and have two children, Lara Meck, 42, of Northfield; and Gregory, 40, a Los Angeles attorney and agent for directors and screenwriters, Pedicin said.
He will receive the 2014 George Mesterhazy Jazz Master Award from the Somers Point Jazz Society at 5:30 p.m. April 17 at Clancy’s by the Bay, Maryland and Sunny avenues, Somers Point.
A performance featuring the Peabody Conservatory Jazz Band from Baltimore will follow.
Call 609-927-6677 or visit www.spjazz.org.
Author Kimball “Kim” Baker, of Egg Harbor Township, will become a member of the advisory council for the Center for Migration Studies’ Immigrant Integration Project, he said this week.
His book, “Go to the Worker: America's Labor Apostles,” published by Marquette University Press in 2010, is a history of the Catholic social-action movement of the 1930s to 1950s. That movement helped many immigrants integrate into American life through labor organizing and collective bargaining, Baker said.
On Feb. 24, Baker gave a talk on his book at the Integration Project’s Washington, D.C., conference, he said.
Michelle Brunetti Post writes about the lives, careers and good deeds of South Jersey residents Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays in ‘Everyone Has a Story.’ To share your story, call 609-272-7219 or email MPost@pressofac.com.