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Blues in the Nude   CD                  2018 



"Varner expertly honors tradition with hard bop and swing themes while simultaneously exploring and building on the genre's evolution through tango, bossa nova, and samba-infused textures."       - Jeremy Steinberger, Austin Chronicle                  


-99.5 Radio Campus Tours: Jazz Story, France

"These days, the jazz world is filled with a countless number of talents. In fact, there are more brilliant musicians active in jazz today than there have ever been, and they are based throughout the world. One new name to remember is Zack Varner, an excellent alto and tenor-saxophonist who calls Austin, Texas his home.  Originally raised near Atlanta, Varner has been a pro for over 15 years but he is long overdue to be discovered." 

-Scott Yanow, Jazz Scholar and Journalist. L.A. Jazz Scene


Album Credits


released January 1, 2018

Zack Varner: alto and tenor saxophones
Ross Margitza: piano
Daniel Durham: bass
Wayne Salzmann II: drums
Ilia De La Rosa: cello (track 8)
Carter Arrington: guitar (tracks 4, 7)
Mark Gonzalez: trombone (tracks 2, 7,11)
Adrian Ruiz: trumpet (tracks 2, 7, 9)
Bennett Wood: alto saxophone (track 2) tenor saxophone (track 7)

All songs written by Zack Varner ℗ 2017 Zack Varner
Recorded May 18th and 19th, 2017 at Greenhaven Studio in Austin,TX
Produced by Zack Varner
Sessions engineered by George Oldziey
Mixed by Mario Castellanos
Mastered by Charlie Kramsky

Cover art by: Ilia De La Rosa

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