Antonino (Ninni) Pedone

Clarinettist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, he graduates in clatinet in 1982 from Conservatorio di Palermo. Since 1989 he is a teacher in highschool.
Founding member of “Orchestra Jazz Siciliana”, he has been very active in concerts since 1984 until today, under the guidance of many prestigious conductors (Gil Evans, Francy Boland, Bob Brookmeyer, Carla Bley, Mel Lewis, Bob Wilber, Gunther Schuller, Giorgio Gaslini, Bruno Canfora, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sam Rivers, Ernie Wilkins, Archie Shepp, Paul Jeffrey, etc…).
1988, Festival Internazionale del Jazz di Sanremo;
1989, under the direction of Bob Wilber, national premiere of  ”Queen’s Suite” by Duke Ellington, in the same year he recorded his first album “Orchestra Jazz Siciliana plays the music of Carla Bley”
in 1990 he accompanies Vesta Williams, Cheryl Barnes and Marlena Shaw during “Rassegna Internazionale della Soul Music”;
in 1991, european premiere “Epitaph” by Charles Mingus, under the direction of Gunther Schuller;
to the movie “Il Siciliano” by Michael Cimino
in 1992, a concert by Nathalie Cole, and various concerts under the direction of Giorgio Gaslini;
in 1994, to the review “Suoni del Novecento“, and a worldwide live broadcast in Teatro-Greco di Tindari;
in 1995,various concerts directed by Clark Terry, Pete Rugolo, Lester Bowie;
in 1996, invited by “Società Italiana per lo Studio della musica Afroamericana” for a live premiere of the suite “Porgy and Bess”, directed by Gunther Schuller;
he has an important concertistic activity under the direction of Ignazio Garsia, as with Diane Schuur, Bob Mintzer, Bill Russo, Arturo Sandoval, etc…
in 2003 he plays with Patti Austin and Gregg Field in Teatro di Verdura (Palermo), and in the same year in the Teatro Massimo with Diane Reeves and Gregory Hutchinson, Ruben Rodgers, and Pete Martin.
in 2003 he partecipated to the Joe Castellano Blues Big Band tour playing with Gordon Metz, Lee Brown, Bobby Johnson, Hariett Lewis, and he edited the orchestrations.
in 2004 he wrote “I REMEMBER BILL”
in 2005, concert with Eumir Deodato in the “Blue Brass”
He also played with Stefano D’anna, Mario Raja, Carol Welsman.
For the concert season of 2006-2007 of The Brass Group he played with Rachelle Ferrell, John Pizzarelli, Travis Sallivan, Biilly Childs, Martial Solal, Eliot Zigmund, Bill Moring.
Lately he graduated in Jazz Music, in the Conservatory of Palermo, under the guidance of M°. I. Garsia.
He received the title of “Conductor of Jazz Orchestra”.
He recieves excellent results in international contests and in the italian public and press; he therefore has also been given many remarkable assignements in the sicilian musical context.
In 2015 “The Brass Group” Foundation appoints him “Resident Composer”.
He has been taking care of the band of Salemi, for which he wrote numerous tracks published by the prestigious musical editions “Wicky”, “Scomegna”, “Allemanda”.

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