At its best, jazz is hand-tailored music that can be shaped to fit just about any setting. For French-horn master Tom Varner, a concert in the intimate, resonant Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center offers an opportunity to design a program calibrated for a sacred space.
Saturday’s performance, part of the Wayward Music Series, features Varner in a variety of contexts, from solo to quintet, exploring a cross section of music he’s written since relocating from New York City to Seattle in 2006. He’s reorchestrated two movements from his “Heaven and Hell” suite, distilling them from 10 to five pieces. And he’s composed some new tunes dedicated to the ingenious soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, who brought Varner out to Seattle in 1993 for, appropriately enough, his “Vespers” project.