Andy Woodson is one of the most in-demand bassists in the central Ohio area and has been a vital part of the Columbus music scene since 1985.
Andy is currently the bassist for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and was Professor of Jazz Bass at The Ohio State University from 2004-2018, and has performed at the Montreux, North Sea, Saratoga, and Newport Jazz Festivals.
The Andy Woodson Trio can also be augmented with additional instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, guitar, vocals and more, performing classic jazz standards to create the perfect atmosphere for your event.
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The Andy Woodson Band is a contemporary jazz group comprised of some of the best musicians in the central Ohio area. This multi-faceted band performs in a variety of jazz styles, drawing inspiration from artists such as Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Evans, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, and Kenny Garrett, as well as from many of the legendary artists from earlier jazz styles like BeBop and Big Band jazz. Their fresh, energetic sound comes from a combinations of talent, experience, dedication, and a passion for jazz music of all styles. Along with playing some of the music of these popular jazz artists, The Andy Woodson Bands main focus is on performing the original compositions written by the members of the group. This broadens the range of the material played by the band, which creates an exciting, unique sound that combines the traditional styles of the jazz idiom with the modern sounds of todays music.
Andy is one of the most in-demand bassists in the central Ohio area and has been a vital part of the Columbus music scene for over 15 years. Andy began playing bass guitar at age twelve and later studied double bass at the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Music degree 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, Kim Pensyl, Michael Snidero, Pete Mills, Donna Mogavero, and Science Gravy Orchestra to name but a few. Andy Woodson Band released its first album, Scioto, in 1997 which features Andy's original jazz and jazz/rock compositions with emphasis on his work with 6-string fretless bass. Andy's most recent release, Catalpa, focuses on acoustic instruments in various combinations. Soprano sax, flugelhorn, percussion, acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, and upright bass are some of the main instruments used throughout this album.
The Andy Woodson Band can consist of a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.