Allan Vaché

Allan Vaché's Biography

Allan Vaché attended Jersey City State College, Jersey City, New Jersey, from 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 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 Vaché, Jr.

From 1974-1975 Allan appeared in the Broadway musical "Doctor Jazz" at the Winter Garden Theater, starring Bobby Van and Lola Falana. In late 1975 Allan joined "The Jim Cullum Jazz Band" of San Antonio, Texas and traveled extensively with this band to Europe, Australia, Mexico and 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.

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. He 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." Allan has 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, and many of the 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 around the country and abroad. In 1993 he moved to Orlando, Florida, to perform at various Orlando attractions including Walt Disney World and Church Street Station.

Vaché has numerous recordings to his credit, several under his own name, for various labels. These include Audiophile, Jazzology, and Arbors. He is currently under contract with Nagel-Heyer, of Hamburg, Germany. Vaché has presently recorded twelve CDs for this label, six as leader.

Having toured in Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland, 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.

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