7 September 2010

Trumpeter extraordinaire Warren Vaché is not shy in describing his career approach to playing better and broadening his versatility…it's to steal.

For the American, individualistic style is the sum of all his influences.

"When I was a kid I read an article by trumpet legend Buck Clayton in which his gave his advice to young musicians: 'If you like something, steal it. You're never going to be able to play it like the guy originally did and sooner or later it will become yours.'"

Vaché, who is in Sydney for masterclasses with brass and jazz students at The Con, adds in an interview with the Contemporary Musicians website: "So I have been unashamedly stealing from everybody in the world for the rest of my life. I'm trying to do something that is not eminently practicable, which is that I'm trying to incorporate all the sounds that excite me into something that becomes me.

"That's a process that's ongoing."

Vaché, 59, who started playing the trumpet when he was 10 years old so he could play in the school band, showed such potential that by high school he was studying with famed swing era trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin.

Gigs with the Benny Goodman band followed; his first major recording came in 1976, starting a catalogue of works that runs into the dozens.

Vaché had a supporting role in the cult film about musicians, The Gig, in 1985, and in 1989 composed the music and played on the soundtrack for the feature movie The Luckiest Man in the World.

Music writer Robert Dupuis says this of the visiting American: "Even casual listeners of Vaché seem able to discern that they are in the presence of something special. It may be the beauty of the ballad tone quality; the unique restarting of a melody or the driving energy of an up-tempo swinger."

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