Johnny Varro -- Bio
|Background Music: "Pure Imagination" (Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse), from The Johnny Varro Trio: Pure Imagination, 2004, Arbors Records, with permission.|
Piano, leader, arranger
Johnny Varro has been an accomplished international performer since he was 16. His first professional job was with Bobby Hackett. He then went on to perform at Eddie Condon's with such great jazzmen as Buck Clayton, Pee Wee Russell, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity, Peanuts Hucko and others. Johnny has worked most of the jazz rooms around New York including The Embers, Tavern on the Green, Hanratty's, The Metropole and Jimmy Ryan's. He has numerous recordings to his credit and has toured all over the world with groups such as the Dukes of Dixieland, Wild Bill Davison All Stars and Peanuts Hucko Tour - Tribute to Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. He also played with the Jackie Gleason Show.
Johnny has toured Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Yugoslavia, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and did a TV special in Stuttgart, Germany.
He currently resides in Palm Harbor, Florida, and plays many clubs and jazz festivals all over the world.
- Jazz Gentry: Aristocrats of the Music World
, Warren Vaché, Sr., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999, Chapter 34
- The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, second (revised) edition, Oxford University Press, 1999
- Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia, Richard Cook, Penguin, 2005.
- Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Program article, May 2003
- Sweet & Hot Program article, September 2002, by Charles Champlin
- The Mississippi Rag article, September 1994, by Warren Vaché, Sr.