Review: Tom Varner, 'Nine Surprises' In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.
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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

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In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players. Their new album is called Nine Surprises. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Varner can really write, and they can really play.