Park Street Jazz Jam Celebrates 8 Years!

This Tuesday, July 31st, the Park Street Tavern Jazz Jam in Columbus celebrates its 8th year of existence. The party begins at 8pm with free food, tons of great live jazz and no cover. There will be some special guests sitting in on the first set and a number of other surprises are sure to happen. Local jazzers, please bring your horn, come to play, to listen, to eat, to enjoy a nice icy cold beverage and some food. You won’t want to miss this. The jazz jam is hosted by local greats Pete Mills, Erik Augis, and Andy Woodson. Congrats to the guys for running the longest standing jazz jam in the city and cheers to many more years of success! RSVP to the jam on Facebook.

photograph: Stephen Pariser

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.

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