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Steve Varner was born and raised in Tennessee, where he entered the world of music playing electric bass. The musical ability of this primarily self taught musician soon gained the attention of touring musicians, who took Steve out on the road during the years when most young musical hopefuls were studying in college. In 1980, Steve moved to the Harrisburg, PA area, where he soon became a local favorite. In addition to his extensive sideman duties as a bassist, Steve also led his own electric quartet, Modern Traffic, taking the role of "guitarist" in the band by playing the piccolo bass. The band recorded an album in 1990 of all Varner originals. With the Creme de la creme of the PA Jazz scene calling on Steve to play, he decided to learn to play the acoustic bass

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Bruce Jackson: Just Left of Center

Read "Just Left of Center" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Drummer Bruce Jackson's second recording, Just Left of Center, is mainstream quartet recording pinging from the hard bop/post bop quadrant of the musical radar. The recording is made up of five pieces, the final one being the seemingly unlikely Jack Bruce song “Theme for an Imaginary Western." Written and recorded originally by Bruce for his recording, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Paul Jost: Breaking Through

Read "Paul Jost: Breaking Through" reviewed by Gloria Krolak

One of the most endearing moments of jazz vocalist Paul Jost's new solo CD, Breaking Through, in an album of many such moments, is perhaps his chuckle and the “Oh, George," he lets out after a fresh rendition of “Singing in the Rain." Endearing because Jost connects with the listener by the sigh meant for and ...

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Denis Diblasio Quartet In Collingswood Thurs. Oct. 2nd!

Denis Diblasio Quartet In Collingswood Thurs. Oct. 2nd!

Jazz Bridge First Thursdays Neighborhood Concert Series in Collingswood, NJ presents baritone saxophonist/flutist Denis DiBlasio and his Quartet on Thursday, October 2nd at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 East Collings Avenue. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit Jazz Bridge. Denis DiBlasio represents a rarity in ...

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Denis DiBlasio Opens Collingswood Jazz Bridge Concert Series Thurs. Oct. 3rd

Denis DiBlasio Opens Collingswood Jazz Bridge Concert Series Thurs. Oct. 3rd

Baritone saxophonist Denis DiBlasio kicks off the Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series in Collingswood, NJ, at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 East Collings Ave, on Thursday, October 3rd. One show at 7:30 pm. $10/$5 students (no advance sales). For info: 856-858-8914 or 215-517-8337, or visit Jazz Bridge. Denis DiBlasio—who will be accompanied at this performance by ...

Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label

Read "Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Any fan of the great American music that is jazz is surely aware that the art form's history depended on the convergence of geography, individual talents, and inspiration. Cities such as jny: New Orleans, jny: Kansas City, jny: Chicago, and New York are synonymous with particular styles of jazz. One often overlooked city is jny: Philadelphia, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Stephans / Spatial Edition: Open Spaces

Read "Open Spaces" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Michael Stephans--educator and published author of prose and poetry--also happens to be a master jazz drummer and percussionist. The Miami-born Stephans, who these days lives in the surprisingly jazz-heavy Pennsylvania Poconos, has performed with world renowned horn players like Pharoah Sanders, Dave Liebman and Bennie Maupin, as well as Grammy-winning pianist, Alan Broadbent, among others. On ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Denis DiBlasio @ Collingswood (NJ) Community Center, Thursday Oct. 4th!

Denis DiBlasio @ Collingswood (NJ) Community Center, Thursday Oct. 4th!

Appearing at Jazz in the 'Wood! at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Avenue in Collingswood New Jersey, 08108 on Thursday October 4th, will be baritone saxophonist/flutist Denis DiBlasio and his band, with guitarist Brian Betz, bassist Steve Varner and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available ...

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George Rabbai Quartet @ Collingswood Community Center on January 5th

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave in Collingswood NJ, on January 5th will be trumpeter George Rabbai with his band, featuring guitarist Brian Betz, bassist Steve Varner and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 856-858-8914. Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit ...

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Jazz Bridge presents Jeannie Brooks at the Cheltenham Art Center on November 2nd

Appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on November 2, 2011 will be jazz vocalist Jeannie Brooks with pianist Sean Gough, bassist Steve Varner, and drummer Doug Hurlinger. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For more info: 215-517-8337. Singer Jeannie Brooks has been performing in Philly, ...


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