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Most of the musicians on this enjoyable CD did not actually play much with Eddie Condon (bassist Bob Haggart excepted), but the music is very much in the Condon Chicago jazz tradition, and cornetist Ed Polcer led the house band at the last Condon's club. With a front line also including trombonist Bob Havens, clarinetist Allan Vaché, and baritonist John Barnes along with the fine swing pianist Johnny Varro and the fiery drummer Butch Miles, the octet romps through a dozen songs (most of them Dixieland-oriented) during this 1993 concert for the German Nagel-Heyer label. Highlights include "California Here I Come," "Fidgety Feet," "Wherever There's Love," and "Hindustan."


Born: December 16, 1953 in Rahway, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

When Allan Vaché plays swing on his clarinet, the smooth sounds invite comparisons to a young Benny Goodman, which isn't surprising since the King of Swing was one of Vaché's chief influences. Vaché can be downright blistering as well as warm and inviting and his graceful playing makes even complicated pieces seem easy. Critics also compare him to jazz clarinetist Peanuts Hucko. Vaché evinced an early aptitude for music, which he pursued while at college during the 1970s. He became a student of...
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