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Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

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August 12—October 22 Appearances in San Jose, Redwood City, San Diego, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, and Oakland

Recent CD To Hear From There Earned 4 Stars in DownBeat and International Acclaim


“An accomplished arranger, educator, and composer." —Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA

“No matter what or where he plays, Wallace brings not just musicianship but also that rare quality of music as the means to uplift listeners' spirits to a higher level." —Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

“San Francisco native Wayne Wallace is practically a one-man ecosystem of jazz. He is a phenomenal trombonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, producer, and head of his own record label. With impeccable musicianship and boundless imagination, this group takes listeners on a multicultural musical voyage to Cuba, Africa, and Latin America." —Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Observer

The Bay-area's own Wayne Wallace—a world renowned trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, label-owner, and educator—is earning an increasingly high international profile thanks to the release of 8 CDs and his electrifying live performances. He was named a top trombonist in the 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll.

The five-time Grammy nominee's upcoming California performances include:

Friday, August 12 San Jose Jazz Festival San Jose, CA
6:00 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Salsa Stage; San Fernando St. at Almaden “Titanes del Trombones" Wallace performs alongside Doug Beavers & Abel Figuerova Tickets: San Jose Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 13 San Jose Jazz Festival San Jose, CA
6:00 p.m. Castellano Latin Jazz Stage Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet featuring Wallace, Murray Low (piano), David Belove (bass), Michael Spiro (Latin percussion and percussion arrangements), and Phil Hawkins (drums). Tickets: All About Jazz Info: San Jose Jazz Festival

Monday, August 15 Jazz on Main Redwood City, CA
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. “Three Horns, No Limits" Wallace performs along with Kristen Strom and John Worley Free to public Jazz on Main

Saturday, September 10 Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival San Diego, CA
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Main Stage: Newport Ave. between Cable St. and the Ocean Tickets: $30, with free admission for kids 12 and under Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet featuring Michael Spiro (percussion), David Belove (bass), Phil Hawkins (drums) and Murray Low (piano). Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival

Sunday, September 11 Yoshi's 1330 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA
7:00 p.m. Yoshi's San Francisco Tickets: $18 advance, $22 at the door “SANJU Premiere: Celebrating 30 Years of the Asian American Jazz Festival" Wallace performs as part of Anthony Brown's Asian American Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, September 25 Lower Sproul Plaza 2400 Bancroft Ext. Berkeley, CA
Free to public Wallace performs with Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Cal Performances Free For All Part of Cal Performances Fall Free For All taking place at Cal venues from 11 a.m.׬ p.m.

Saturday, October 15 Peninsula JCC 800 Foster City Blvd. San Mateo, CA 8:00 p.m. Wallace performs with Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Tickets: $20-25 Penisula JCC The Quintet features Wallace on trombone alongside Murray Low (piano), David Belove (bass), Michael Spiro (Latin percussion and percussion arrangements), and Paul van Wageningen (trap drums).

Saturday, October 22 Piedmont Piano 1728 San Pablo Ave. Oakland, CA 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 510-547-8188; music@piedmontpiano.com “Concept/Dance Party" for the debut of “Living Jazz" featuring the Quintet

In addition to his many performances, Wallace is frequently a featured clinician and panelist at jazz-related events. On September 20, he'll participate in “The Architecture of Sound," a conversation exploring the relationship between architecture, acoustics, and sound in the Bay Area; on October 18 he'll discuss “The Composer and the Arranger" for SFJazz; and he is a clinician at the Dave Brubeck Institute in Stockton three times this fall: September 23, October 28 and November 11.

Wallace's most recent CD, “To Hear From There," is a sizzling Latin jazz session that highlights the deep cultural currents flowing between West Africa and the Americas. Following up the Grammy Award-nominated “¡Bien Bien!," which DownBeat named one of 2010's best releases, the San Francisco trombonist, arranger and composer once again showcases his stellar quintet on a program of finely wrought originals and beloved standards.

The CD was released January 18, 2011 on Wallace's Patois Records to rave reviews, including four stars from DownBeat Magazine:

“Wallace has a knack for catchy melodies and a firm understanding of the rhythms behind the genre, but he's not afraid to push the music... The accompaniment on the disc is an immovable machine composed of capable soloists who gel together to create a solid rhythmic backdrop." —Jon Ross, DownBeat

“Wayne Wallace's new CD, 'To Hear From There,' illustrates the inextricable Afro-Caribbean DNA woven into the jazz tradition... Exploring Afro-Cuban folkloric themes, old school descarga jams, hard-hitting timba, dance-inducing cha cha cha, and more, the quintet puts a distinctive Bay-Area stamp on an impressive array of rhythms... [Wallace is] an improviser with a huge, beautifully burnished sound, and a dependably creative arranger." —Andrew Gilbert, The California Report

In a career spanning nearly four decades, the musically multilingual San Francisco native has collaborated with a dazzling array of artists as a composer, arranger, first-call freelancer and studio ace, including Count Basie, Ray Charles, Joe Henderson, Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, Lionel Hampton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sonny Rollins, Pearl Bailey, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, Earl “Fatha" Hines and Kronos Quartet cellist Jean Jeanrenaud. One of his generation's most eloquent trombonists, Wallace has been named in DownBeat critics and readers polls as a leading force on the horn. Known to many as “The Doctor" for his production skills, he is also a lauded composer who received a jazz composition NEA grant to compose “Digging Up the Roots," a three-part suite reflecting the diverse musical cultures of the Bay Area. He is also active as an educator, and his own teachers included Julian Priester, Bobby Hutcherson and Will Sudmeier. But in recent years he's poured a good deal of his creative energy into his label Patois Records, creating a rapidly growing catalog of acclaimed CDs. While producing celebrated sessions by rising jazz singer Kristina and the amazing Judeo-Latin jazz vocalist Kat Parra, he's released a series of brilliant albums documenting his own music, starting with the straight ahead tour de force “Dedications" and the pan-Caribbean manifesto “The Reckless Search for Beauty," released simultaneously in 2006. With his sixth album for Patois “To Hear From There," Wallace continues to set a daunting standard as a Latin jazz visionary.

This story appears courtesy of Braithwaite & Katz Communications.
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