As a seasoned professional with a wide-ranging background and over fifteen years of experience, Zack Varner remains in constant demand on the stage and in the studio. He has performed with Joshua Redman, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Jennifer Holliday, Lizz Wright and numerous other jazz artists. From 2005-2009, Varner toured the United States extensively with the Atlanta based rock quartet Jungol. During these years, the group released two acclaimed albums: Places and Tiny Heaven, with Varner as an integral songwriter and multi-instrumental performer.
In 2018, Zack Varner hit the ground running with the release of Blues in the Nude, his first studio album as a bandleader. This release includes eleven original songs and an all-star cast of Austin, TX musicians. The record received excellent reviews from jazz journalists Scott Yanow (La Jazz Scene) and Jeremy Steinberger (The Austin Chronicle). Following its release, Varner was invited to perform internationally at the Copenhagen, Aarhus and Santo Domingo jazz festivals.
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