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Tom Varner

Tom Varner--one of the world's top jazz French horn players, and an inventive composer for his many ensembles. Tom has 11 cd's out as a leader,and he plays on over 70 others. After 26 years in Manhattan, Varner moved with his family to Seattle in fall 2005, and is now busy in the Northwest as well as in the international scene.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

Read "Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tom Rainey: Obbligato

Read "Obbligato" reviewed by Troy Collins

Tom Rainey has been a fixture in New York's Downtown scene since the early '90s. The stalwart drummer's current efforts have found him expanding his purview, collaborating with a new generation of creative improvisers. Working on original material with young Brooklyn-based artists like Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson, Rainey continues experiments in form and structure that ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tom Varner Nonet at Corish This Saturday

Tom Varner Nonet at Corish This Saturday

Friday, February 4, 8:00pm Tom Varner Nonet Cornish College of the Arts (Poncho Theater) 710 East Roy Street 8:00pm, All ages. New music as well as music from the Heaven and Hell CD. this is part of the Cornish Music Series 2012. Tom Varner—french horn/compositions Thomas Marriott—trumpet

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Tom Varner

Read "Tom Varner" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

01. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (Prestige - 1956). Solenne, ricco di maestria tecnica, di inventiva, spavaldo. 02. Julius Watkins - French Horns for My Lady (Phillips - 1961). Sentimentale ma ancora attuale, Julius al top con altri quattro corni francesi e George Duvivier, Ray Barreto, Gil Melle. Prodotto da Quincy Jones con gli arrangiamenti di ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening: Tom Varner

Recent Listening: Tom Varner

Tom Varner, Heaven and Hell (Omnitone). When Varner moved from New York to Seattle in 2006, he left behind none of his French horn virtuosity, compositional skill or avant-garde daring. Heaven and Hell is his meditation on changes in the world and in his life since the 9/11 attack, and on the evolution of his approach ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Seattle Times: Tom Varner Brings Jazz French Horn to a Sacred Space

Seattle Times: Tom Varner Brings Jazz French Horn to a Sacred Space

From The Seattle Times: At its best, jazz is hand-tailored music that can be shaped to fit just about any setting. For French-horn master Tom Varner, a concert in the intimate, resonant Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center offers an opportunity to design a program calibrated for a sacred space. Saturday’s performance, part of ...

Second Communion

Label: OmniTone
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1.Watts 2,Complete Communion: 2.Complete Communion 3.And Now 4.Golden Heart 5.Remembrance 6.Paris Ambulance Song/Complete Communion (reprise) 7.Cherryco 8.Don's Big View 9.Leaving Malaga 10.Elephantasy 11.Don's Hymn

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tom Varner: Second Communion

Read "Second Communion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

French hornist Tom Varner's previous OmniTone release, Swimming was considered by many as one of the finest modern jazz releases of 1999. On his follow-up, the artist renders a keenly perceptive tribute to the late trumpeter Don Cherry. Part of the beauty resides within Varner's ability to interject a sense of duality into his compositional forums ...

The Swiss Duos

Label: HighNote
Released: 2000


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