Hi, I'm Allan Vaché and this is Altissimo Music, our format for presenting the music, my wife, Vanessa Vache’, and I perform, with our friends, at festivals, concert halls, clubs and record on compact disc.
The information here on the Altissimo site describes our main performance groups: "Swingin' the Benny Goodman Songbook", “ A Benny Goodman Centennial Tribute” (www.bgcentennial.com)"The Big Four" "The Swingtet , “The Orlando Early Music Consort” “The Opus 3 Trio” and the Opus 5 Woodwind Quintet”. From Mozart to Muggsy and from Beethoven to Benny, these groups perform both live and on CD. Our Records section will give you a chance to hear some sound clips of our groups and to purchase CD’s as well.
If you like what you hear, check out one of our latest CD’s - a salute to Benny Goodman called "With Benny In Mind."
Altissimo Music is about good music, some of the finest jazz and classical music you will hear anywhere. Even though we could categorize the different types we play, we don't try to group our music into little boxes. We just play good music in a variety of styles we've learned to love. We have played Dixieland, Traditional Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Early Music, Renaissance, Classical, Romantic, Ethnic, and many other styles.
Details about our jazz groups can be found on the Groups page. Information about individual jazz artists are available on the Musicians page. To find out where we're playing, take a look at the Schedule page. You can look at our CDs and hear some excerpts on our Records page.
For information on Vanessa’s classical groups, musicians, photos, performance schedules etc. just click on her name on the home page to go directly to her portion of the site.
And, finally, if you'd like us to play for you, great! Just contact us (See Contact.) We have a gallery of photographs, with some of the people we have played with (See Photo Gallery.) And we have included some past reviews (the complimentary ones, of course) in the Reviews section
Allan Vache’ – Clarinetist Bio
Born December 16, 1953
Allan Vache was graduated from Roosevelt Elementary School, Rahway Junior High School, and Rahway High School, Rahway, New Jersey 1959-1971. He also attended Jersey City State College, Jersey City, New Jersey 1971-1975. At this time he studied with David Dworkin of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and independently with famed jazz artist Kenny Davern.
From 1972-1975 Allan also performed many professional engagements with such jazz greats as Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, Pee Wee Erwin, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman, Max Kaminsky, Clark Terry, Dick Wellstood, Ed Hubble, Cliff Leeman, Bob Haggart, Jack Lesberg, and many others. He also made numerous appearances with his brother, famed jazz cornetist Warren Vache, Jr.
From 1974-1975 Allan appeared in the Broadway musical "Doctor Jazz" at the Winter Garden theater, starring Bobby Van and Lola Falana. He performed with a band that appeared onstage, and Luther Henderson and Dick Hyman wrote instrumental arrangements.
In late 1975 Allan joined "The Jim Cullum Jazz Band" of San Antonio, Texas, formerly "The Happy Jazz Band." He traveled extensively with this band to Europe, Australia, and Mexico, as well as to many concert and festival appearances throughout the U.S. He has recorded nine albums and compact discs with this band, including the only jazz CD of the entire score of Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess," released on CBS Masterworks records. Concerts of "Porgy & Bess," many featuring opera great William Warfield as narrator, were performed by Vache and the band throughout the Western hemisphere, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and "The Cervantino Arts Festival" in Mexico City, for the U.S. State Department.
Allan has appeared in several "World Series of Jazz" concerts in San Antonio. These concerts featured the "Cullum" band alongside such jazz luminaries as Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Joe Venuti, Teddy Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber, and many others. Allan appeared with Jim Cullum at Carnegie Hall at the "Tribute to Turk Murphy" concert in January 1987. He has also performed with Cullum on the CBS Morning News, and PBS television show "Austin City Limits." He also performed on NPR’s "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, and was a regular performer on PRI’s "Riverwalk – Live from the Landing," from 1987-1992. This program aired on over 200 public radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. Many of these shows are still rebroadcast today.
In the summer of 1992 Allan left San Antonio to pursue a free lance career. Since that time he has appeared as a solo performer at several jazz festivals and parties around the country and abroad. He has appeared with pop performers Bonnie Rait and Leon Redbone and can be heard on the soundtrack of the 1998 film “The Newton Boys”.
In 1993 he moved to Orlando, Florida to perform at various Orlando attractions including Walt Disney World and Church Street Station. Vache has numerous recordings to his credit, several under his own name, for various labels. These include Audiophile, Jazzology, Arbors, Sweet Jazz, and Nagel-Heyer, of Hamburg, Germany. Vache has presently recorded twelve CDs for this label, six of these as the leader. His latest CD’s are “Ballads, Burners & Blues”, released in March of 2004, which includes his wife, Vanessa Vache’, on clarinet, as a special guest, “With Benny in Mind”, a tribute to Benny Goodman, released in November of 2006, both for the Arbors label, and “Classic Jazz Duets” with pianist Mark Shane on the Sweet Jazz label of Hilton Head, South Carolina, released in August of 2007.
Having toured in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Russia, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, France, and Israel, Allan continues to work as a freelance artist in the Orlando area as well as appearing at many concerts and festivals in the U.S. and around the world.