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(b 21 February 1951, Rahway NJ) Cornet, flugelhorn. He began playing with his father (bassist Warren Vaché Sr recorded on Circle and Jazzology; he d 4 February 2005 in Rahway). Warren re-created Bix Beiderbecke solos at Carnegie Hall '75, played with Benny Goodman off and on, in the house band at Eddie Condon's in the '70s and has made 15 or 20 albums with Scott Hamilton since '76.

Like Ruby Braff, Vaché is a swing player inspired by Louis Armstrong, but like Braff, there is more to him than that: he is a genuine improviser who works without a net. Several albums as a leader on obscure labels (First Time Out '76 reissued on Audiophile), four on Concord Jazz included Iridescence '81 with a Hank Jones trio, Midtown Jazz '82 with old chums John Bunch on piano and bassist Phil Flanigan (same trio on Live At The Vineyard '84 on Challenge), Easy Going sextet '86, Warm Evenings '89 with rhythm section and the Beaux-Arts String Quartet. Then on Muse: septet Horn Of Plenty '93 had Houston Person on tenor, Richard Wyands on piano; Talk To Me Baby '95 has Wyands again and Howard Alden on guitar, another Concord denizen who can play anything he wants. Braff and Vaché play cornet because its intimacy suits the lyrical beauty of their ideas; all they need is good listeners.

Vaché has recordrd with Brian Lemon on Zephyr (see Lemon's entry); Harry Warren: An Affair To Remember '97 was a duo. Jazz Im Amerika Haus Vol. 2 '94 on Nagel-Heyer has Vaché with Lemon's trio, Dave Green on bass, Allan Ganley on drums; Warren Plays Warren '97 was a different quintet. A duo with Alain Bouchet Tribute To Buck Clayton '94 on Jazz Aux Remparts has them playing alone and in counterpoint, Bouchet playing both trumpet and cornet, both playing a variety of mutes; with just two guitars and a bass, the group swings so well the trio sounds larger.

Vocalist Libby York's new album was Memoir in 2014, singing songs like the ones she'd discovered in her parents' collection of 78s; she said that recording 'Put It There, Pal' with Vaché was the most fun she'd ever had in the studio.