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Johnny Varro

Johnny Varro was born in Brooklyn, NY. He began studying piano at the age of ten. During his teenage years he was introduced to jazz by way of the Commodore Music Shop in NYC. There he met the manager Jack Crystal (father of Billy), who was running jam sessions on the Lower East Side. At…

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Allan Vache is an American jazz clarinetist, and brother of the noted jazz cornetist Warren Vache. Vache played with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio, Texas, for 17 years, and was a regular on the Riverwalk – Live from the Landing radio show on Public Radio International, which featured the Cullum band. He…

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Richard Simon

Originally from Kansas City, Richard Simon is a “recovering” English teacher who picked up the bass at age 30 and apprenticed with the elder elite of the Los Angeles jazz scene, including Red Callender, Buddy Collette, Teddy Edwards and Ernie Andrews. Richard has played traditional jazz with Pete Fountain, swing with Ken Peplowski, and be-bop…

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Russ Phillips

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1947, son of trombonist Russ Phillips (Sr.) (1912-1987), the trombonist who replaced Jack Teagarden with Louis Armstrong’s All Stars in 1951. Russ Sr. played with Louie for a year and a half before settling in the Chicago area in 1952. Russ’s life as a trombonist began backstage as a 4-and…

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