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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet; Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Thursday, June 12
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“Gorgeous playing… highly inventive…” – JazzWa

Wayne Wallace, a five-time Grammy nominee, is one of the leading performers in Latin jazz today. His accomplishments as a composer, trombonist, and educator, loom large on the Bay Area music scene and beyond. As a sideman, he has worked with a variety of international stars that range from Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, Santana, and Earth Wind & Fire. But Wayne’s Latin Jazz Quintet is his special labor of love, and where his musical soul resides.

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. His quintet features the stellar Bay Area talent of Murray Low – keyboards; Dave Belove – electric bass; Colin Douglas – drum set; and Michael Spiro – percussion. His latest album, Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin, was nominated at the 2014 Grammy awards for Best Latin Jazz Album Of The Year.

Born in San Francisco, in 1952, Wayne Wallace grew up during a creative time in the musical history of The City. Blues, jazz, country, Afro-Caribbean, rhythm & blues, and pop music, all played a part in his development. He was a regular patron at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West where he soaked up the rich mélange of sounds, from the funk of Sly & the Family Stone to the ethereal jazz improvisations of saxophonist Charles Lloyd. As a budding young trombonist, Wallace studied at San Francisco State as a performance major. Professionally, he came up through the ranks, playing funk and Top 40 cover tunes around the Bay Area with a group called The Ambassadors. Wayne’s first major break came when he was hired to tour with funk stars Con Funk Shun. During those years, he was also honing his jazz chops at jam sessions hosted by vibesman Bobby Hutcherson. Another early mentor was ace trombonist Julian Priester.

Eclectic and multifaceted could best describe Wayne’s busy career over the last four decades. Despite his success as a sideman in the R&B and pop music worlds, jazz and Afro-Caribbean music are still his main passion. Two important long-term musical associations for Wayne began in the 1980s when he became a member and musical arranger for percussionist Pete Escovedo’s Latin-jazz bands, and then became co-founder and co-musical director of the now defunct Machete Ensemble, with percussionist/musicologist John Santos. Another long time association has been his involvement with the Asian-American jazz movement, working with Jon Jang and Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra. Outside of his career as a composer/arranger and trombonist, Wallace has been a dedicated music educator, teaching at his alma mater, San Francisco State. Additionally, he runs his own record label, Patois Records.

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

DATE:  Thursday, June 12, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center|
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Matt Beasley
(650) 400-4920


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