The New Jazz Age: Know famous jazz? Now get local.

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

You'll love: Tony Monaco

Tony Monaco is internationally renowned, but it's possible he wouldn't be turning heads on the Hammond B-3 had he not discovered Jimmy Smith as a kid, which inspired him to move from accordion to organ.

See him: Dec. 20 at Park Street Tavern for his annual Christmas gig

You'll love: Derek DiCenzo

DiCenzo is one of the busiest jazz musicians in the city, averaging a gig per day. (He played 375 last year.) Though comfortable on several instruments, DiCenzo is best known for his guitar work.

See him: Mondays at Due Amici, Tuesdays at Local Roots in Powell, Thursdays at Explorers Club

You'll love: Bobby Floyd

Whether on piano, B-3 or playing keyboard for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Floyd is a respected, virtuosic king of the keys.

See him: Columbus Jazz Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays," Dec. 3 to 7

You'll love: Pete Mills

A featured soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and a jazz instructor at Denison, Mills' performances on the tenor sax garner rave reviews.

See him: At Park Street Tavern's Tuesday jazz jam sessions at 8:30 p.m.

You'll love: Vaughn Wiester

Though Basie played piano and Wiester plays trombone, Wiester models his 21-piece "Famous Jazz Orchestra" after big bands led by Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman.

See him: Every Monday at the Clintonville Woman's Club at 7:30 p.m.