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Background Music: "Everything I Love" (Cole Porter), from Everything I Love, The Johnny Varro Trio, 1992, Arbors Records, with permission.

Johnny Varro -- Gallery

Lucerne
Johnny Varro in Lucerne, Switzerland, November 2012. Larger photo

Pforzheim
Johnny Varro Swing 7 in Pforzheim, Germany, March 2012.
Source: Pforzheimer Zeitung. Article

Lucerne
Johnny Varro in Lucerne, Switzerland, November 2009. Larger photo

Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1986
"Wild" Bill Davison All Stars, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1986. From left: Klaus, Johnny Varro, Tom Saunders, Isla Eckinger, Bill Allred, Ann Davison, Chuck Hedges, "Wild" Bill Davison, Danny Moss, Banu Gibson, Butch Miles, Peter Buehr

Nola Studios
Johnny Varro and Jim Czak, during the Swing 7 recording of
"Ring Dem Bells" at Nola Studios. November 7, 2007. Larger photo

Central Plaza Card
Johnny Varro listed with Willie "The Lion" Smith, host Jack Crystal, and many others on a penny postcard for a Friday in May 1950 at Central Plaza.

Bickford Theatre
Johnny Varro orating at Bickford Theatre
Morristown, New Jersey, December 27, 2005.
Photo by Bruce Gast

Bickford Theatre
Johnny Varro solo at Bickford Theatre
Morristown, New Jersey, December 27, 2005.
Photo by Bruce Gast

Emperor Johnny Varro
Emperor Johnny Varro and Empress Mickey Carroll Varro.
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Old Sacramento, May 23, 2003

Johnny Varro, Jazzland, Vienna
Johnny Varro at Jazzland, Vienna, March 2, 2002
Photo by Peter Brunner

Vienna, Austria
Johnny Varro at Jazzland, Vienna, Austria, February 26, 2002.
Photo by Jan J. Sandke

Earthquake McGoon's, San Francisco, 1967
Johnny Varro with the Dukes of Dixieland
Earthquake McGoon's, San Francisco, 1967

Odessa, Texas, 1989
Odessa, Texas, 1989. From left, Johnny Varro, Ralph Sutton, Ray Sherman

The Magnificent VII
The Magnificent VII, September 1993. From left, rear: Rick fay, Dan Barrett, Jon-Erik Kellso, Marty Grosz, Chuck Hedges. Front: Johnny Varro, Gene Estes, Bob Haggart.
Photo by Mat Domber

Dukes of Dixieleand, Earthquake McGoon's
Dukes of Dixieleand, Earthquake McGoon's, San Francisco, March 4, 1967. From left: Jerry Fuller, William Enos "Squire" Girsback, Johnny Varro, Frank Assunto, Barrett Deems, Lee Gifford

Mandalay, Wantagh, New York, early 1960s
Mandalay, Wantagh, New York, early 1960s

Mandalay, Wantagh, New York, early 1960s
Mandalay, Wantagh, New York, early 1960s

Johnny Varro, circa 1960s
Johnny Varro, circa 1960s

Lucerne
Johnny Varro Swing 7 in Wildeshausen, Germany, March 2012. Johnny Varro, piano, arranger, leader; Bernard Flegar, drums; Richard Exall, clarinet, tenor sax; Randy Sandke, trumpet; Dan Barrett, trombone; Engelbert Wrobel, clarinet, alto sax; Wolfgang Mörike, bass. Larger photo. Alternate photo. Article.

Pforzheim
Johnny Varro Swing 7 in Pforzheim, Germany, March 2012.
Source: Pforzheimer Zeitung. Article

Lucerne
Johnny Varro at Lucerne Piano Festival, November, 2009. Larger Photo


Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg Jazz Club, Germany, 2007.
From left: Peter Buehr, Jack Fanning, Johnny Varro. Larger photo

Johnny Varro, age 4, Brooklyn
Johnny Varro, age 4, Brooklyn

Central Plaza
Cental Plaza, 111 Second Avenue, New York. Where Johnny Varro as a teenager sat in for Joe Sullivan and Willie "The Lion" Smith at jam sessions run by Jack Crystal (Billy Crystal's father) from 1949 to 1963. Now home of the Tisch School of the Arts.

Jazzland Swing All Stars
Jazzland Swing All Stars, Jazzland, Vienna, March 2, 2002.
From left: Johnny Varro, Howard Alden, Dave Green, Randy Sandke, Dave Ratajczak, Scott Robinson, Ken Peplowski
Photo by Peter Brunner

Jazzland, Vienna, February 26, 2002
Jazzland, Vienna, February 26, 2002. From left: Johnny Varro, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowski, Dave Green, Randy Sandke, Scott Robinson.
Photo by Jan J. Sandke

Grandview Inn, Columbus, Ohio, 1953
Bobby Hackett's Quartet, Grandview Inn, Columbus, Ohio, 1953.
From left: Johnny Varro, Bobby Hackett, Buzzy Drootin, and Billy Goodall

The Escape Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale, 1968
Billy Butterfield's Quartet and friends, Escape Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
From left, rear: Johnny Varro, Eddie Condon, Chubby Jackson, Bob Wilber, Yank Lawson, Don MacLean, Vernon Brown. Front row: from keft: Unidentified, Wally Cirillo, unidentified, Billy Butterfield, Ray Tucker, and Deane Kincaide

Johnny Varro, Bob Haggart, Jackie Coon, Ed Metz Jr.
November 1995.
From left: Johnny Varro, Bob Haggart, Jackie Coon, Ed Metz Jr.
Photo by Mat Domber

Valley Jazz Club, Canoga Park
Valley Jazz Club, Canoga Park, California. From left: Johnny Varro, Ray Leatherwood, Wayne Sanger, Nick Fatool, Eddie Miller, Dick Cary, Abe Lincoln.
Photo by Ed Lawless

Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, 1983
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, 1983. From left: Bob Hinman, Johnny Varro, Chuck Hedges, Warren Vaché, Jr., Bill Allred, Butch Miles.
Photo by Ed Lawless

Mid-America Festival
Johnny Varro, Mid-America Festival, St. Louis, 1994.
Photo by Eddy Banjura

Heidi, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, 1988
Johnny's daughter Heidi, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, 1988.
Photo by Ed Lawless

Mandalay, Wantagh, New York, early 1960s
Mandalay, Wantagh, New York, early 1960s


In 2008, Johnny visited a music class at Chasco Middle School in Port Richey, Florida. He told them about how he became a piano player and gave them an introduction to jazz. The students sent him these letters.



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