As a seasoned professional with a wide-ranging background and over fifteen years of experience, Zack Varner remains in constant demand on the stage and in the studio. He has performed with Joshua Redman, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Jennifer Holliday, Lizz Wright and numerous other artists. From 2005-2009, Varner toured the United States extensively with the Atlanta based rock quartet Jungol. During these years, the group released two acclaimed albums: Places and Tiny Heaven, with Varner as an integral songwriter and multi-instrumental performer. Other studio credits include Colombian jazz vocalist Laura Otero, the celebrated Austin, TX composer Graham Reynolds, as well as many other recordings in various styles and settings.
In 2018, Zack hit the ground running with the release of Blues in the Nude, his first studio album as a bandleader. This release includes eleven original songs and an all-star cast of Austin, TX musicians. The record received an excellent review from jazz journalist and author Scott Yanow (la jazz scene). Following its release, Varner has performed at several international jazz festivals, including the Copenhagen and Aarhus jazz festivals in Denmark, and a headlining spot at the Santo Domingo jazz festival in the Dominican Republic.
Currently, Varner be found performing at venues throughout the city with his own quartet, and several other jazz, funk, blues, rock, pop, Latin groups, and musical theater productions. Some of these include the Funktet, Tonic Big Band, the Austin Symphony Jazz Band, and The Sahara Swingtet.