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Celebrate 7 Years of the Park Street Tavern Jazz Jam Session

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by Mark Subel on August 23, 2011

On Tuesday August 23rd, come celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Park Street Tavern Jazz Jam Session featuring local Columbus jazz maestros Pete Mills, Erik Augis, Andy Woodson, and Cedric Easton. In addition to the music and free food the band is conducting a Canned Food Drive to benefit The Mid Ohio Foodbank. Local jazzers, please bring your horn, come to play, to listen, to eat, to enjoy a nice icy cold beverage, to hang out and please bring a can or two to help the guys in our food drive. This should be a great event marking the 7th year of jazz jamming at the Park Street Tavern. Congratulations for supporting the local jazz scene and jazz musicians at the jazz jam for the past 7 years guys!

About the Musicians

Andy Woodson – Andy Woodson is one of the most in-demand bassists in the central Ohio area music scene. Andy began playing bass guitar at the age of 12, and later studied double bass at the Ohio State University, where he recieved his BM in Jazz Studies in 1989. Since then, Andy has performed and recorded with many local and nationally known musicians, including pianist DD Jackson, David Murry, Billy Hart, Jack Wilkins, Kim Pensyl, Bobby Floyd, Mark Flugge, Vince Andrews, Woody Herman Orchestra, and Pete Mills.

Pete Mills – A native of Toronto Canada, critics have called saxophonist Pete Mills playing “virtuosic” and “gorgeous” (David Franklin, JazzTimes) and The Columbus Dispatch writes of Mills’ compositions as being “impressive with solos that are ear opening…with a tone that is big and rich”. Pete holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas. His teachers have included Pat LaBarbera, Ray Ricker, Jim Riggs, and Walt Weiskopf. He currently teaches jazz studies at Denison University, having formerly taught at The Ohio State University, Kenyon College and East Carolina University.

Erik Augis – Jazz pianist Erik Augis is a native of Columbus, Ohio. After obtaining his degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music he returned to Columbus and began work as a freelance musician. Erik has been performing in Columbus for several years and works with many of the area’s well-known musicians and bands including Andy Woodson, Kim Pensyl, Dan Faehnle, Louis Tsamous, Pete Mills, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Jazz 4 Kids, Vocal Impact, and others.

Cedric Easton – From the moment Cedric Easton could walk, he was playing the drums. Easton has been performing professionally with the Bobby Floyd Trio and other jazz ensembles, including the Matt Adams Quartet and the Chad Eby Trio. He has also had the opportunity to perform with internationally recognized jazz musicians such as Wess Anderson, WycCliff Gordon, and Kenny Banks, Sr.

Currently as resident of Columbus, Ohio, Easton performs with the Pete Mills Quartet and national recording artist Christian Howes. Additionally, he serves as musical director of the New Covenant Believer’s Church is a faculty member of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy.

Park Street Tavern Jazz Jam – 7th Anniversary

August 23rd, 8pm
501 Park Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2201
(614) 221-4099

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