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Drummer Eddie Locke, and Warren Vaché

Warren Vaché Jr. is the son of the late bassist Warren Vaché and the elder brother of former JCJB clarinetist and frequent Riverwalk Jazz guest artist Allan Vaché.


Warren has spent years playing with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Bobby Short, and Benny Carter.


Bassist Steve Wallace, Warren Vaché, bass clarinetist David Bourque and John Loach, in Toronto May 2007.

Vaché has played at major jazz festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, and in the Nice, Marciac and Bayonne Festivals in France, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland; the Pori Festival in Finland, Perugia, Rome and Milan Festivals in Italy, as well as in most European countries, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

Bassist Steve Wallace, pianist Mark Eisenman, Warren Vache, and John Loach, in Toronto May 2007.

Warren Vaché has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Music Center of Los Angeles, Roy Thomson Hall of Toronto, Symphony Hall of Boston, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Ordway Center of Minneapolis, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, The Vienna Opera and Royal Festival Hall in London.

Annie Ross. Photograph by Nick Yoon at Jazz Ascona 2006

Vaché's club dates include: Condon's, Jimmy Ryan's, Michael's Pub, The Blue Note, Sweet Basil, the Pizza Express and Ronnie Scott's in London, Marianne's in Bern Switzerland, Blues Alley and the Blue Note in Tokyo.

Annie Ross. Photograph by Nick Yoon at Jazz Ascona 2006

Vaché's work on Broadway includes an on-stage appearance in Dr. Jazz and as musical director for the Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor revival of Private Lives.

Warren Vaché, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, singer Lynne Roberts.

Television appearances include the NBC Today Show, Central Park West, Ryan's Hope, and numerous PBS specials.

Bassist Joel Forbes and Warren Vaché

Vaché trained Richard Gere to play the trumpet for Gere's role in the movie The Cotton Club.

Richard Gere in “The Cotton Club”.

He also acted, performed, and musically directed the movie The Gig, and composed and performed the music for the movie The Luckiest Man in the World.



Warren Vaché, music director, actor, cornet, with Wayne Rogers, Cleavon Little, Joe Silver, Andrew Duncan, Jerry Matz, directed by Frank D. Gilroy.

Vaché has performed on the soundtracks of Money Pays, Biloxi Blues, Simon and The Dain Curse.

Warren Vache during the recording of the CD Don’t Look Back with the Scottish String Ensemble.

Warren Vaché's style has been influenced by a great variety of the classic players—Louis Armstrong, George "Pee Wee" Erwin (with whom Vaché studied for many years), Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, Billy Butterfield, among others—and developed his own inimitable style that defies conventional labels.



Bassist Steve Wallace, pianist Patti Loach, Warren Vaché, in Toronto May 2007.

His style incorporates the complete range of the jazz vocabulary. He has been described as "lyrical," "exciting," "daring,""warm" and "accessible," with his delightful way of engaging the audience.

Warren Vaché with pianist Bill Charlap at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Warren Vaché with his mother, Madeline Stohl, former secretary at Decca Records, in Rahway NJ, 2004. Madeline is now ninety years old and still going strong.