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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.

 

REVIEWS:

"Jazz in July" Series, 1987 NYC, at the 92d Street Y
Review by John S. Wilson of the New York Times

New York Times, Thursday, July 23, 1987

Music: 'Jazz in July', Series at 92d Sreet Y

John S. Wilson "Jazz in July", the annual two-week series of concerts at the 92d sreet Y focusing on jazz of the 1920's and 30's, opened its third season Tuesday evening with three established series favorites -- "Stridemonster" he stride-piano duo of Dick Hyman and Dick Welstood; the singer Carrie Smith and Vince Giordano's big band -- and a newcomer to the series, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio. After two previous seasons, the audience knew what to expect and gave an enthusiastic welcome to Stridemonster, Miss Smith's period pop songs and blues and Mr. Giordano's band.

But the debut of Mr. Cullum's seven-piece group roused the audience to show-stopping cheers as it built dazzling, individualized performances of small group classics of 1920's originated by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and others. The septet had an exuberant spirit that flooded through both the ensemble and solos as the group expanded familiar routines with stop=time duets, breaks and fresh voicings. o The key member of the group was Allan Vaché, a clarinetist whose solos were strong and full bodied, sometimes suggesting the overwhelming intensity of Sidney Bechet. This became most apparent when Mr. Vaché gave the ensembles a colorful lift as he soared above the other horns. 

Mr. Cullum, a cornetist and Mike Pitsley, a trombonist, contributed to the strength of a very positive front line, which was backed by a rhythm section that managed to blend the chunky sturdiness of the 1920's rhythms with the smoother flow of the Swing Era. Mr. Giordano's band concentrated on Benny Goodman's recordings of the late 1920's when he was a sideman with Ben Pollack, Red Nichols and various recording-studio groups. The Goodman contributions, re-created in a relaxed fashion by Phil Bodner, were often brief peripheral elements in routine dance-band arrangements that were enlivened when Herb Gardner, a trombonist, and Randy Rheinhart, a trumpeter, could take off as themselves.

CD Reviews

Swing and Other Things
The Allan Vaché Sextette
(Arbor Records ARCD 19171)



June 1997
Volume 64 - Number 6

Allan Vache

Swing and Other Things
4 1/2 Stars

For bright, swinging clarinet of the classic school there is much to choose from right now; Davern's new Breezin' Along, Harry Skoler's Reflections On The Art Of Swing and this delightful sextet from Allan Vache, Swing And Other Things. Vache is the proprietor of a big, rich, round tone across all registers and swings with a fierce, caution-to-the-wind abandon. At fast tempos on "June Night", "Limehouse Blues", "Hi Ya Sophia" and others, the pull between the creative freedom and ensemble exactness generates a powerful and fascinating tension and cohesion. On the one duet ("He Loves And She Loves") he and pianist Johnny Varro strike up the kind of rarefied elegance Benny Goodman and Jimmy Rowles used to get.

Small group swing is a devilishly precision mechanism governed by strict balances and formalities that the listener is reminded of only when they are jarred out of position. Such music offers no camouflage in which to cover errors and suffers fakers without mercy. Vache's associates here are about as good as they come and fuse into a wonderfully cohesive ensemble. The clarinetist's brother, cornetist Warren, cameos on a bright "Cheek To Cheek" at the end.   --John McDonough