One of the world's most acclaimed clarinetists, Allan Vaché
grew up in Rahway, New Jersey and attended Jersey City State
College. He studied with David Dworkin of the Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra, and independently with famed jazz artist
Kenny Davern. Early in his career, Allan performed 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 appeared with his
brother, famed jazz cornetist Warren Vaché, Jr.
In 1974-1975 Allan performed with the onstage band in the
Broadway musical "Doctor Jazz" at the Winter Garden theater,
which starred Bobby Van and Lola Falana, and featured
arrangements by Luther Henderson and Dick Hyman. In late
1975 Allan joined "The Jim Cullum Jazz Band" of San Antonio,
Texas, and appeared with them in Europe, Australia, and
Mexico, as well as at many concerts and festivals throughout
the U.S. He has recorded nine projects with the Cullum
Band, including the only jazz CD of the entire score of
Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," released on CBS Masterworks.
Concerts of "Porgy & Bess," many featuring opera great
William Warfield as narrator, were performed by Vaché 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 in the "Tribute to Turk Murphy" concert in
January, 1987. He has also performed with Cullum on the CBS
Morning News, and the PBS TV show "Austin City Limits."
Allan was featured 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 are still rebroadcast today.
In the summer of 1992, Allan left San Antonio to pursue a
freelance career. In 1993, he moved to Orlando, Florida to
perform at various Orlando attractions including Walt Disney
World and Church Street Station. He has numerous recordings
to his credit, several under his own name, for various
labels, including Audiophile, Jazzology, and Arbors. He is
currently under contract with Nagel-Heyer, of Hamburg,
Germany, and has recorded twelve CDs for that label, six as
leader of his own band. Having toured in Germany, Austria,
England, Scotland, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland, Allan
continues his work as a freelance artist in the Orlando area
and remains a popular featured performer at concerts, clubs
and festivals worldwide. A recent review raved, "The man is
an absolute phenomenon." Visit Allan on the web at
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