Indiana University East and Starr Gennett Foundation will present the well-known jazz group Warren Vaché Sextette in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 8, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The group features Warren Vaché, John Allred and Andy Brown.
Tickets for the public cost $15 and are available at the Starr Gennett Foundation, located at 33 South 7th Street in Richmond. Tickets for IU East faculty, staff and students are free and available in the Office of Campus Life, located in Springwood Hall room 103.
The event is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.
Vaché plays the cornet but in his early years, started playing the piano in third grade before switching to the trumpet to play in his school’s fourth grade band. He shared a passion for music with his father, bassist Warren Vaché, who played professionally, wrote about jazz and was one of the founders of the New Jersey Jazz Society. Vaché played events with his father’s bands while growing up. He continued to play professionally as a student in high school and while attending Montclair State College including with polka bands, Dixieland bands, big dance bands, Broadway pit bands, small jazz groups and large free- wheeling combos.
He earned his degree in music education from Montclair State College and studied with trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin, a well-known performer during the swing era, who soon became his mentor.
Vaché has played with professional musicians including Billy Maxted and the Benny Goodman band. He recorded with Concord Records and appeared in the 1984 film The Gig. He has composed and played on film soundtrack for The Luckiest Man in the World. He continues today to record and to play at worldwide festivals, Broadway shows and club dates.