Johnny Varro played with the elder statesmen of classic swing
jazz in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s,
working with Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett, Roy Eldridge and Pee Wee Russell to
name but a few. Now at 87, he is one
of the elder statesmen.
Pianist Varro returned to Port Charlotte with the Florida edition
of his Swing Seven band on Monday, November 13. It was the band’s third
appearance in five years in the Charlotte County Jazz Society’s concert series.
The band included saxophonists Terry Myers (alto and clarinet) and
Rodney Rojas (tenor), trumpeter Charlie Bertini, trombonist Jeff Lego, bassist
Mark Neuenschwander and drummer Eddie Metz Jr. The roster was identical to Varro’s
October 2012 visit. A couple of subs were aboard in the band’s November 2014