At this festival he is also performing at the Salute to Jazz at the Philharmonic-program, but in the first place he will be playing with his musical buddy Bill Charlap. With a handful of young musicians Warren Vaché (flugelhorn, trumpet) helped hardbop back in the saddle again, even before Wynton Marsalis touched it. The acclaimed musician was influenced by the art of Louis Armstrong and gained experience with The Benny Goodman Band. He concerted with tenor saxophone player Scott Hamilton for a long while, with whom he shared the same musical ideas, and he went to all swing-oriented festivals. Nowadays he shares the stage with Bill Charlap, a mainstream-pianist, who knows how to handle standards like no other. His interpretations are inimitable. The son of Broadway-songwriter 'Moose' Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart got his break through mediation of pianist Bill Mays in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. At that time Charlap worked with Benny Carter, Clark Terry and Frank Wess amongst others, and accompanied vocalists like Tony Bennett, Carol Sloane and Sheila Jordan. As a bandleader he made his debut in 1994 and in 2000 the pianist signed a fine deal with Blue Note.