Several years before Wynton Marsalis
gained headlines for helping to revive hard bop, Warren Vache
(along with Scott Hamilton
) was among the few young jazz musicians who were reviving small-group swing. Vache
, who always had a beautiful tone and a chance-taking style, is the son of a fine bassist (Warren Vache, Sr.
) and the brother of clarinetist Allen Vache
. He studied music with Pee Wee Erwin
; gained early experience playing with Benny Goodman
, Vic Dickenson
, and Bob Wilber
; and has been a leader since the mid-'70s. Often teamed in his early years with tenorman Scott Hamilton
recorded regularly and has been a regular at jazz parties and swing-oriented festivals ever since.