Warren Vache Biography

21 February 1951, Rahway, New Jersey, USA. Vaché grew up in New Jersey, hearing jazz, thanks to his bass-playing father Warren Vaché Snr. (b. 27 November 1914, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 February 2005, Rahway, New Jersey, USA) who led a dixieland band. Vaché took up the cornet and studied formally with, amongst others, George ‘Pee Wee’ Erwin. He played in his father’s band, but from the mid-70s was attracting critical acclaim elsewhere. He played with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra and with the house band at Eddie Condon’s club and was on regular call whenever Benny Goodman formed a band for special engagements. During this period Vaché met and began working with Scott Hamilton; the two men gained the reverent attention of audiences who thought that the mainstream had dried up. In the late 70s and throughout the 80s Vaché worked as a single, in harness with Hamilton, in bands such as George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars and the Concord Super Band. Touring extensively across the USA, Europe and Japan, Vaché continued to enhance his reputation as a major jazz talent.

Stylistically, Vaché echoes the post- Louis Armstrong tradition, playing with eloquent charm and ably developing the fruitful ground tilled by melodic players such as Bobby Hackett and Ruby Braff. Vaché’s style has allowed him to blend comfortably in seemingly disparate company, as witnessed by his 1989 recording Warm Evenings with the Beaux-Arts String Quartet. His brother, Allan Vaché, is a clarinettist.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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