Wayne Wallace

Wayne Wallace

Office: MUS 187
Phone: (408) 924-4680
Email: wayne.wallace@sjsu.edu 

A five-time Grammy nominee, Professor Wayne Wallace is one of the more respected exponents of African American-Latin music in the world today. He is known for the use of traditional forms and styles in combination with contemporary music, and has earned recognition with his recent placement in the Downbeat Critics Polls under the trombone and producer categories.

Professor Wallace is an accomplished arranger, educator, and composer with compositions for film and television. He has also received grants form the Creative Work Fund, the National Endowments for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Professor Wallace has performed, recorded, and studied with acknowledged masters of the Afro-Latin and Jazz idioms such as Aretha Franklin, Bobby Hutcherson, Earth Wind and Fire, Pete Escovedo, Santana, Julian Priester, Conjunto Libre, Whitney Houston,Tito Puente, Steve Turre, John Lee Hooker, Con-funk-shun, Francisco Aguabella, Manny Oquendo and Libre, Max Roach, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Orestes Vilató. This experience has provided a solid foundation for Professor Wallace's current explorations of the intersections of diverse cultural styles and rhythmic concepts.

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Professor Wallace was exposed to Blues, Country and Western, R&B Jazz, and Afro-Caribbean music at an early age. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music and Jazz have included several trips to Cuba, New York, and Puerto Rico.

Along with San José State University, Professor Wallace is widely respected as a teacher at Stanford University and the Jazzschool in Berkeley. He has conducted lectures, workshops, and clinics in the Americas and Europe since 1983. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Committees of the San Jose Jazz Society and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. As the head of his own record label, Patois Records, Professor Wallace has created a unique company with a passionate mission of developing and chronicling the multi-lingual styles of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Patois Records is gaining attention in the industry and internationally. Under his direction the label has released ten different recordings to critical acclaim. The labelʼs oeuvre currently contains recordings by Professor Wallace, Marc and Paul van Wageningen, vocalists Kat Parra, Alexa Weber-Morales, and Kristina. Professor Wallace is an endorser of Conn-Selmer trombones.