About Vincent

Born and raised in St. Louis, Vincent Varvel started playing music early on, studying piano, clarinet, and organ. He began playing guitar at age 16 and attended college at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he had the opportunity to perform with jazz greats such as Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, and Dan Gottlieb. He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance.

Varvel began his professional career while in college, freelancing with many different performers in the St. Louis area. Since then he has toured the United States and Europe with various ensembles in addition to leading his own jazz group performing his original compositions. Recently, he has perfromed classical music with the Kingsbury Ensemble, Chamber Project St. Louis, and soprano Stella Markou. Pop and Jazz artists he has worked with include the Peter Mayer Group and Erin Bode, among many others. His original music has been heard on satellite radio and cable television. He is currently Instructor of Guitar at Washington University in St. Louis, along with maintaning a private teaching practice and performing regularly with his own group and as a sideman.

Listen to clips of Third Person

 

You can get Vincent's albums at the following online retailers:

CD Baby   iTunes   Little Flock Music

 
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Pictures and Postcards

2000

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Third Person

2015

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Not a Creature was Stirring

2004




Catch Vince live in a town near you!

 

6
May
2015

Evangeline's Bistro

St. Louis, MO

With the Feyza Eren Quartet
https://www.facebook.com/feyzaexperience

8
May
2015

Tavern of Fine Arts

St Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel and Eric Stiller, bass

15
May
2015

Kindablue Club

St. Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio with Steve Davis, drums and Eric Stiller, bass

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kinda-Blue-Club/582454865202506?fref=ts

27
May
2015

Nathalie's

St Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio with Steve Davis, drums and Eric Stiller, bass

27
June
2015

Nathalie's

St Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio

9
July
2015

Holmes Lounge, Washington U.

St. Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio with Steve Davis, drums and Eric Stiller, bass.
This is part of the Thursday night Jazz at Holmes series on the campus of Washington University

18
July
2015

The Courtyard at Overlook Farm

Clarksville, MO

Duo with Eric Stiller, bass

25
July
2015

Courtyard at Overlook Farm

Clarksville, MO

Duo with bassist Ben Wheeler

29
July
2015

Nathalie's

St. Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio with Steve Davis, drums, and Eric Stiller, bass

8
August
2015

Tavern of Fine Arts

St. Louis, MO

In concert with pianist Adam Maness

1
September
2015

Evangeline's Bistro

St. Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio

27
September
2015

Nathalie's

St. Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Trio with Steve Davis, drums and Ben Wheeler, bass

29
September
2015

560 Music Center, Washington U

St. Louis, MO

Vincent Varvel Quartet in concert




News from Vince

03.27 New Recordings on Soundcloud

I've posted three new tracks on Soundcloud for you to stream. These are improvised ambient duets with myself and drummer Steve Davis. You can check them out here:

https://soundcloud.com/vincent-varvel

Enjoy!

03.29 Vincent Varvel Trio at Evangeline's

Very excited for the Trio to play Evangeline's Bistro on April 22nd. We'll be playing tunes from the new album along with our takes on standard favorites...Hope to see you there!

04.01 Inteview on St Louis Jazz Talk

Be on the lookout for my interview on WSIE 88.7's weekly show, St. Louis Jazz Talk, hosted by Dick Ulett and Mike and Rob Silverman. We cover a wide range of topics from influences, song titles, musicians, and some VERY ancient history. The show will air in a few weeks. "Stay Tuned"

04.06 Scott Yanow's review of Third Person

Noted Jazz historian and author Scott Yanow has written a review of Third Person:

Vincent Varvel
Third Person

Vincent Varvel, who is based in St. Louis, is a guitarist with his own sound and approach. An Instructor of Guitar at Washington University who has worked locally with many top performers, he had led two CDs prior to his recent Third Person.

This set, which teams the guitarist with drummer Steve Davis and bassist Ben Wheeler (with Eric Stiller playing bass on two songs), consists of ten of Vincent Varvel's originals. He displays a subtle and thoughtful style that is filled with inner heat. The close interplay between Varvel and his sidemen is a major feature of the music for, although the guitarist is usually in the lead, his bassist and drummer make strong and significant contributions to the improvisations and the ensembles.

Third Person opens with "The Plaza After Rain," a peaceful and at times hypnotic ballad that picks up momentum as it goes before ending with a hint of where it had started. "Picture This" is a complex song that is also surprisingly accessible due to its dancing feel. The melodic piece features Varvel's singing tone and attractive clear notes on the guitar along with a brief but effective bass solo. "Once And Again" is moody yet relaxed, melodic yet not overly predictable. It swings gently with Varvel's quiet passion recalling Jim Hall a little in spots.

The jazz waltz "Third Person" is a bit introspective while swinging at a slow-medium tempo. "Savoir Faire" has the trio playing a bit funky. The catchy piece, which is danceable, features Varvel's guitar sounding assertive and the trio showing how tight they are. It is followed by the atmospheric "Dusk."

"Side Step" is one of the hottest pieces of the program and also contains some of the most adventurous playing with some fairly free improvising. "Hourglass" is a bit of a contrast, a thoughtful ballad on which Varvel's often out-of-tempo playing almost sounds as if he is speaking aloud. "Two Too Many" gives the musicians a chance to jam a bit on a medium-tempo blues. Concluding this memorable outing is the melancholy "Without You."

Due to its subtlety and quiet creativity, the easily recommended Vincent Varvel's Third Person grows in interest with each listen.
Scott Yanow

04.23 New album now available on CD

Third Person is now available on CD from Little Flock Music. The first 10 orders placed will recieve a signed copy!

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Get In Touch

For booking or management information, please drop us a line.

VincentVarvel@gmail.com

(314) 560-5634