Get to Know the Staff, Pt. 5: Andy Ament

Andy AmentName: Andy Ament

Title: JazzU Teaching Artist, Curriculum Program Coordinator

How long have you worked for Jazz St. Louis?: I have done contract and part-time work for Jazz St. Louis for 4 years

Do you play any instruments?: saxophone

Top three favorite Jazz St. Louis produced concerts:

Dr. Lonnie Smith, Russell Malone, and Herlin Riley; the first time I saw Joshua Redman at the Bistro in 2002 or 2003; and the Yellowjackets

Artist you would most like to work with, but haven’t yet: Wynton Marsalis. I’ve only heard him play a couple times. I find him incredibly engaging as a musician, educator, and person.

Last jazz album you listened to: Gerry Mulligan, At Storyville

Three favorite non-jazz artists/bands: The Beatles, Same Cooke, and Paul Simon

Favorite place to hear music other than The Bistro: The Green Mill in Chicago. My brother used to live near this club and it is my favorite place to hear jazz in Chicago.

Three favorite movies: Bull Durham, The Blues Brothers, and Casablanca

Three favorite TV shows: The Wire (greatest show ever!), any show Anthony Bourdain is doing, and That 70s Show

Favorite restaurant for:

1) Breakfast/Brunch: Local Harvest

2) Lunch:  Farmhaus

3) Dinner: Niche

Pastimes/Hobbies: I run at least four days a week and love to cook.

Worst job you’ve ever had: I delivered pizzas for 9 hours once. My mom found out that my insurance wouldn’t cover me if I delivered pizzas and made me quit after my first shift. I didn’t mind, that was a terrible job!

Career Bio: Andy Ament is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with Bachelor’s of Music degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education.  He performs all over St. Louis and the Midwest with various jazz, pop, rock, funk, and dance bands.  He is also a founding member of the jazz quartet, Utter Chaos, which pays tribute to the great baritone saxophonist, Gerry Mulligan.

As an educator, Andy has worked with students all over the area as a clinician, instructor and adjudicator.  He has worked as an instructor at numerous jazz camps, including camps at St. Louis University High School and the Birch Creek Performing Arts Center in Door County, WI.  He also maintains private studios on both saxophone and piano.  Andy has been a JazzU faculty member since 2008.

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