Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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All three musicians have impressive enough resumes: Bob Reynolds plays sax in John Mayer's band. Justin Varnes played drums with Phoebe Snow for six years and now performs regularly with Kevin Bales and others.

Scott Giddens has played keyboards all over world, backing Diane Schuur and John Pizarelli.

They're also all graduates of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and they're playing together for the first time this weekend. The Bob Reynolds Organ Trio plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at European Street in San Marco.

All three graduated from DA in the mid-'90s. They played in different combinations in different groups during those years but weren't ever a band themselves.

Fast-forward more than a decade to a recording session for guitarist Akiva Friedman. Among the musicians hired for the project were Varnes and Reynolds, who hadn't seen each other in years.

That got things started, Varnes said. He and Reynolds were both living in New York at the time, and they started playing together from time to time. On a trip south, they picked up Giddens, who still lives in Orange Park, for a gig.

"Once the three of us got together," Varnes said, "the connection was made. The old high school humor came back, and we knew we wanted to do something together."

So that's the Bob Reynolds Organ Trio. Giddens' Hammond B3 is the only organ in the group, but Varnes said that just sounds cooler than Bob Reynolds Trio.

Sunday will be the group's first gig. As of Tuesday afternoon, they hadn't actually rehearsed yet, but they've been swapping songs through e-mail, and Varnes said they'll get some practice in before the show.

"We'll do a couple of tunes off Bob's record, a couple off Scott's," he said. "Some Stevie Wonder, James Brown, some jazz standards.

"It's jazz oriented, but because the organ can go so many places, we're definitely going to have some soul in there."

Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Call (904) 399-1740 for reservations.



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