Being pushed in a pram along the banks of La Scala in 1976 the two-year old Jacob Varmus suddenly emitted squeals and shrieks of unmasked delight. The most rapturous sounds he'd ever heard were bouncing off the plaza stone: a lone trumpeter's warming up from within open stage doors at the local opera house. Ten years later Jacob Varmus had a trumpet of his own and began winning top marks at all the California Music Educators' Association festivals for his work as soloist (Haydn's trumpet concerto and Goedicke's Concert Etude) and chamber musician.
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Prior to hearing his first major release, All the Things We Still Can Be, I was unfamiliar with trumpet player and composer Jacob Varmus. I have to admit that it will often take listening to a few tracks before I warm up to, or can fully appreciate, the style of an artist that is unknown to me, but with Varmus I was drawn in from the first cut.
He plays with a pleasing round and full sound, and his improvisations are lyrical and musical.
His compositions have a sense of purpose and structure with very listenable and memorable melody lines.
I am personally eager to hear what he offers up next.-Scott Hockenberry, Jazz Improv Magazine
a powerful trumpet utterance....
The Jacob Varmus band astounds us with a euphonic elaboration including plenty of ardour, reverberations and candle luminance
Willing to teach