Born: February 21, 1951 Primary Instrument: Cornet
Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations.
He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as: Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short to name but a few.
He can also be found in the company of such 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...the list is a virtual Who's who in Jazz, spanning every style in the history of the music.
Warren Vaché has performed at every major jazz venue and festival throughout the globe from club dates 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.
Coupling a beautiful tone with a chance-taking style, Warren utilizes the complete range of the jazz vocabulary. 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 - from this group of extraordinary musicians, among others, Mr. Vaché has coalesced his own inimitable style that defies categorization. Pianist and composer Jim McNeely was heard to say: Every chorus he plays is like a lesson in the history of the trumpet.
A guest artist on countless record dates, Mr. 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; with the Beaux-Arts String Quartet ( Concord ); Horn of Plenty ( Muse ); An Affair to Remember; The Best Thing For You ) Zephyr ); Mrs. Vaché's Boys ( with 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 his latest Don't Look Back with the Scottish Ensemble (Arbors).
As a charter member of the Juilliard Program for Jazz Studies, Warren offers the breadth of his experience in the arts which includes acting, performing and music direction for the film by Frank Gilroy The Gig, on stage appearances in Dr. Jazz, 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.
With a style that has been described as lyrical, 'daring, warm, and exciting, Warren Vaché has a delightful way of engaging and audience; leaving them enthralled with the beauty and joy of his playing, and the warmth of his vocals.