Please enjoy this concert with:
Nate Radley – Guitar
Marcos Varela – Bass
Kush Abadey – Drums
The concert streams live at 4PM Eastern and will be available to purchasers for future viewing indefinitely
If you’re not familiar with Marcos’s music, listen to a sample here:
Marcos Varela, a equally skilled doubler at both acoustic and electric bass is among the highly respected bassist/musicians in the American and International Jazz/music scene. His talents have also earned him many awards and accolades as musician, composer, producer, band leader, and teacher.
In his hometown of Houston, Texas, Varela attended the renowned High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. As a professional musician, he continues to be very active in the New York jazz and contemporary music scene and has made a name for himself as one of the most in-demand bassists in the City and worldwide. He regularly performs with a wide variety of ensembles and band leaders including; The Mingus Big Band, John Holiday, George Cables, Ingrid Jensen, Billy Hart, Antoine Roney, Charli Persip, Clifton Anderson, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, The Last Poets, Leslie Odom, Jr., Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, Kendrick Scott, Billy Harper, Tyshawn Sorey, Bob Mover and Vincent Gardner’s Jazz Houston, among countless others. He was selected as a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Trombonist Vincent Gardner’s Jazz Houston, which has featured guests such as Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsalis, Ruben Blades and Jon Faddis. As a composer, He has also composed music for several film and television projects, including director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese’s film “Roots in Water.”
Legendary bassist Ron Carter contributed to the liner notes for Marcos’s Origin Records debut album “San Ygnacio”, where Carter writes that Varela’s “Tone, Choice of Notes and Compositions will place his playing and name on the list of bassists to be heard.”, in addition Mr. Carter has made statements regarding Marcos’ musical contributions saying of him; “a valuable asset to any musical organization”, “a truly unique musician”, “Mr. Varela belongs in the top bass players in the industry and his impressive resume confirms my words”, “a fine example of talent that is essential to the scene”, “top notch proficiency on his instrument as well as a complete understanding of the history and details of the jazz art form”
In addition to sideman work, Varela leads his own projects. This includes a European tour which featured a performance of the music of his debut album “San Ygnacio” on origin records at the historic Jazz á Liège festival in Liege, Belgium. This project (Marcos Varela featuring Billy Hart) shared a billing with Fred Hersch’s Trio at the festival. He also recently lead a all star quartet at Prishtina’s Jazz Week in Kosovo, in March of 2020. Varela’s newest projects include “One Mind” recently released on the Spanish label Fresh Sound Records, with pianist Peter Zak, as well as Seamus Blake and Billy Drummond. Another project on the same label, “Illumination” featuring Rob Garcia, Marcos Varela, John O’Gallagher, and Noah Preminger, was the most recent release on December 15th, 2020.
Marcos is a NS Design, Aguilar Amplification, Kolstein, Thomastik-Infeld Strings, Fishman, Mono Creators and Fodera