Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Wayne Wallace, trombone; Murray Low, piano; Dave Belove, bass; Carlos
Caro, percussion; Paul Van Wageningen, drums
Sunday July 19, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
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Listen: "Memories of You"
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. Pursuing
each of these endeavors with unparalleled passion, imagination,
and artistry, Wayne has become a towering figure in the Bay Area
jazz scene. A gig with Pete Escovedo early in Wayne’s career began his immersion
in Latin music. This immersion has deepened considerably over the
years, including a few years of intensive study at Cuba’s prestigious
Escuela Nacional. Wayne’s acclaimed Latin Jazz Quintet brings
together some of the area’s best players: Dave Belove on
bass, Murray Low on piano, Carlos Caro on percussion, and Paul
Van Wageningen on drums. Fusing the creativity and style of contemporary
jazz with a profound affinity for the musical traditions of Latin
America and the Caribbean, their 2008 album Infinity (on
own Patois label) features Wallace’s original music as well
as unique interpretations of jazz and Latin favorites. With impeccable
musicianship and boundless imagination, this group takes listeners
on a multicultural musical voyage to Cuba, Africa, and Latin America.
“Wayne Wallace establishes himself… as an
impressive composer and topflight improviser and bandleader.”
– Nashville City Paper
Wayne Wallace website
Q&A with Wayne Wallace
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a
My family had two Nat "King” Cole records, an Oscar
Pettiford recording and a Charlie Parker recording called Jazz
What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
I would like to be a professional baseball player or a photographer.
What’s your favorite food?
I am partial to Mexican and Italian cuisine.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled
to as a musician?
Tikal in Guatemala
What’s the last book you’ve read?
Cuba and It's Music by Ned Sublette
If you could play with any other musician,
living or dead (with whom you have not played), who would it
be and why?
What’s your favorite tune?
The one I am playing at the moment
What’s your favorite thing about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop
I like seeing the light bulb come on for young musicians.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Any place where there is an audience that appreciates the music.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three
recordings with you, what would they be?
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Coletrane’s A
Love Supreme and The Essential Duke Ellington
How much do you practice each week?
Three times when I have time.
What hobbies do you have?
I love Crossword puzzles.
If you could be any other type of artist
other than a jazz musician, what would you be and why?
I would like to be a writer.
When did you become interested in music,
and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional
My mother nurtured me as a child to be a musician by making instruments
accessible to me.
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would
it be and why?