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Vaché, Warren

Warren Vaché is a jazz trumpeter, cornetist and flugelhornist born on February 21, 1951 in Rahway, New Jersey. He has distinguished himself as a specialist in traditional jazz styles, both in his recordings as a leader and in his sideman work with Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short, among others.

Although Vaché's musical roots are in the Swing Era and Jazz Age, he is also at home in the company of modern jazz and younger players, and he has performed alongside leading contemporaries as: Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Terrell Stafford, Howard Alden, Jessie Davis, Alvin Queen, Brian Lemon, Tony Coe, Alan Barnes, Richard Wyands, Bill Charlap, Harry Allen, John Allred and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Warren Vaché has performed widely in the United States and overseas -- at Condon's and the Blue Note to the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Perugia in Italy, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Vienna Opera, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Vaché brass work is distinguished by his beautiful tone and his chance-taking style. His influences include Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, "Pee Wee" Erwin ( with whom he studied for many years ), Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, and Billy Butterfield. Pianist and composer Jim McNeely was heard to say of Vaché: "Every chorus he plays is like a lesson in the history of the trumpet."

Vaché has recorded over 35 albums under his own name including the award winning 2gether with Bill Charlap (Nagel-Heyer) and many other highly acclaimed albums such as: Polished Brass; Easy Going; Warm Evenings; Horn of Plenty ( Muse); An Affair to Remember; The Best Thing For You (Zephyr ); Mrs. Vaché's Boys ( with brother Allan Vaché ); Warren Plays Warren ( with Randy Sandke ); What Is There To Say ( with Joe Puma ); Swingtime with the NYC big band (Nagel-Heyer ); Dream Dancing (Arbors); and Don't Look Back with the Scottish Ensemble (Arbors).

He is a charter member of the Juilliard Program for Jazz Studies. In addition to his work as a musician, he has been involved in acting, performing and music direction for the film The Gig by Frank Gilroy, for his stage appearances in Dr. Jazz, and his music direction for the Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor revival of Private Lives. Warren composed and performed the music for the movie The Luckiest Man In The World, and has performed on the soundtrack for numerous films including Money Pays, Biloxi Blues, Simon, and The Dain Curse. He also trained actor Richard Geer to play trumpet for his role in the movie The Cotton Club.


CONTRIBUTOR: Ted Gioia, based primarily on material supplied by the artist.