New CD Out! Tom Varner's original nonet project, Nine Surprises, is now at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and HMV Digital.

It features Seattle's top players Thomas and David Marriott, Mark Taylor, Eric Barber, Jim DeJoie, Steve Treseler, Phil Sparks, and Byron Vannoy in a 15-part suite and two more extended compositions.

A 'real' cd or a download can be purchased at:

The iTunes download is at:

Here is one section of the suite:
Nine Surprises : there will always be more surprises, no matter what. Deaths of loved ones, young and old. New babies, getting fired, new jobs, sickness, new joys, crazy wonderful kids that surprise you, great new music to discover. This is music about reflection and also being ready to jump in with the next project. Filtered through JS Bach, Gil Evans, Steve Lacy, into the next "what if I had a beer with JS Bach and this music came out?" Tom Varner project. My 14th as a leader. -TV

Extra News! Tom is now a full-time Assistant Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts.

Tom will be a featured artist at the International Horn Society's Annual Symposium on June 22, 2011. It will be great to see many horn friends from all over the world. For more information:

Music fans, horn players, friends, feel free to join Tom on Facebook

Many of Tom's recordings are now available as downloads at Itunes and at Amazon.

Heaven and Hell, Tom's new CD, is now out! Click here for lots of info and a discount (put 'heaven' in the promo code).

Julius Watkins Jazz French Horn Festival! After a ten-year break, the 6th one was held in Seattle on October 3, 2009-Tom Varner, John Clark, Vincent Chancey, Adam Unsworth, and more! A great success. Read more at:, and an Earshot piece on the event is at, page 9.

Tom Varner Tentet-OmniTone cd release celebration! Tom's performance of his new work and cd Heaven and Hell, was at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival, Good Shepherd Chapel in Wallingford, October 29, 2009. An Earshot 2008 interview about the piece, from the time of its premiere and recording, is at , on page 8. This concert featured NY trumpet master Russ Johnson, and Seattleites Mark Taylor, Eric Barber, Byron Vannoy, and more.

In Fall 2005, Tom Varner moved to Seattle with his wife Terri and kids Jack and Hope.  Read about the move — and a lot more — at January '05 Earshot Jazz newsletter [5 pages].

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