Wed Apr 17

April Varner Quartet - Past Ella Fitzgerald Winner

Wed, April 17
9PM / $25 | $7 Fees
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Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

April Varner

Previous Winner of the 2023 International Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition and Rising Star, April Varner, is a name you won't soon forget. She is often described as a “direct, authentic singer…”, demonstrating “vocal dynamism… authentic jazz phrasing…electrifying numbers…” and possessing a “profound command of deep scat and vocalese…” (Marilyn Lester, The New York City Jazz Record). Grammy-Nominated jazz and adult contemporary vocalist, Jane Monheit, describes Varner as “an incredibly talented vocalist who has clearly put the work in to understand and express this music on a high level.”

NYC-based jazz vocalist with the curly red hair from Toledo, Ohio, April Varner, has already performed/studied with a multitude of legendary artists and jazz luminaries such as Darmon Meader, Sachal Vasandani, Jane Monheit, Tierney Sutton, Walter Smith III, Kurt Elling, Sunny Wilkinson, Kate McGarry, Michael Feinstein, Benny Benack III, Dayna Stephens, Russell Malone, Theo Bleckmann, Ted Rosenthal, Elio Villafranca, Jean Baylor, Rogerio Boccato and Damien Sneed. Countless appearances at many of the city’s top jazz spots have followed, including The Django, 55 Bar, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, Ornithology Jazz Club, Birdland Theater, Minton’s Playhouse and more.

April graduated in May of 2022 with her Master’s degree in Jazz Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is excitedly awaiting the release of her debut full-length album, entitled “Dear April”, on June 28th, 2024. It was produced by Grammy-Award winning drummer, producer and educator, Ulysses Owens Jr. and will be released under Cellar Live Record Label and La Reserve. The personnel of the album include Caelan Cardello (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), Russell Malone (guitar), Miguel Russell (drums), Dayna Stephens (saxophone), Benny Benack III (vocals and trumpet) and Theo Bleckmann (vocals). April will also be making her debut at the world-renowned Birdland Jazz Club on April 21st, 2024 as well as Mezzrow Jazz Club on April 28th, 2024.

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Wed, April 17

9PM / $25 | $7 Fees
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*Please note:
1. Final sale, no refunds, not transferable.
2. $15 food/beverage minimum per person not included in ticket price.
3. Seating first come at the door. Doors open 6 PM & 8:45 PM respectively.
4. Photography or Recording of any kind is prohibited during the performance.
5. Keep conversation to a minimum during the performance.

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