A REASON FOR THE POST-CHRISTMAS SEASON PARTY: Birminghamís ambassador of Southern-fried jazz guitar has made it to the top of the hill, and the Magic City is throwing him a party. Thatís right, Eric Essix, the youngest inductee to Alabamaís Jazz Hall of Fame, is turning 50, and his recording career is turning 20. With 14 solo albums and four Birmingham Area Music Awards under his belt, this man deserves a party. The Eric Essix 50th Birthday Bash at Workplay will feature Eric Essix & The Southern Gentlemen along with special guest, former Pieces of a Dream lead vocalist Tracy Hamlin. Eric Essix is a Birmingham treasure, and we couldnít be prouder of him, so happy birthday to you, Mr. Essix. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door. The bash gets started at 8 p.m. For more information call (205) 879-4773 or visit www.workplay.com.