Calendar of Events
Brian Swartz is a diverse musician. Trumpeter, composer, arranger and producer. His music also has a wide range, from jump swing to funky soul to heartfelt jazz. His band, The Gnu Sextet sprung out of the imagination of trumpeter Swartz in 2005 when the band began it's regular Tuesday engagement as the house band at the weekly jam session at the Club 1160 in Hollywood, CA. Swartz sought just the right mix of players that had mastered their respective instruments but were pliable enough to make Swartz's music their own. What they've come up with is a highly personal and intensely expressive style of performance. Since the band has played together since 2005, they have developed a palpable chemistry. In 2008, the band recorded a live DVD at Wave Street Studios in Monterey, California. Swartz's composition "Down with Downs" was selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the Jazz Category in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Session 1.
On Monday, 2/24, The Varnish celebrates its 5 year anniversary, followed by a month full of guest bartenders, all at one time tenders at The Varnish. This evening we kick off with Eric Alperin and Sasha Petraske mixing drinks 7-11pm (but probably later). We will have live music from The Jamie Elman Trio. Complimentary punch made with Brugal rum and Taittinger Champagne, as well as complimentary shots of Amaro Ramazzotti. Also available are a few specialty priced classic cocktails.
Every Monday in March we will be having our Bartender Reunion Series (7-11pm each night). Each bartender will be preparing special menu ($13 regular price for those menus)
March 3rd: Marcos Tello, who is currently launching the bar program of the newly revamped Los Balcones in Hollywood
March 10th: Eugene Shaw of Scopa in Venice and private events company Bottled in Bond; & Daniel Eun Esq., Former bartender at The Varnish and PDT, currently practicing law in LA
March 17th: Chris Bostick, General Manager and Partner of Half Step - Austin, TX. (there is a chance he won't be able to make it out and we will do a menu in his honor, we will keep you posted)
March 24th: Chris Ojeda, Group Creative Bar Director for Soho House.
March 31st: Alexander Day & Devon Tarby of Honeycut and Proprietors, LLC.
Join us for a blast into the past, and help celebrate 5 years of cranking out lovely classic cocktails!
The WOW Factor brings a unique style, flavor, and groove to Jazz/R&B/Soul/Funk favorites as well as creative and fresh original compositions. As well as a good old fashion good time. If you like Whiskey and you like Jazz then you will like tonight. Be at Seven Grand and be WOW'ed. Don't get too drunk though.