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Posted on : 20-12-2010 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life, Music


Hi everyone,

First of all I hope that your holiday season has been fun and uplifting. As busy as we can all get it’s nice to take the time to exhale and be thankful for the reuniting of friends, family and health.

2010 has been an incredible year for the Patois family. It started with the critically acclaimed release of “Muziek” by the VW Brothers (Paul and Marc). “Muziek” is a beautiful recording of great compositions and arrangements that showcases supremely talented musicians at their musical best.

Patois Records was also proud and honored to participate in two important benefits in 2010. In May the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet performed at the All That Jazz” Benefit Gala for the Florence Crittenton Services. Florence Crittenton Services provides subsidized childcare, parent support services, and job readiness training. In 2009, the agency served more than 300 working poor families. Also in November we performed for the ‘Rebuild A Sustainable Haiti Project”, hosted by Ethnic Arts Institute International.

In 2010 Trelawny Rose and Amikaeyla Gaston signed with Patois Record and are releasing their tribute to the late Eva Cassidy “To Eva With Love” on January 11th 2011. We are very proud that this will be the first ever tribute album to Eva Cassidy.

The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet recording ¡Bien Bien! reached number one on the Jazz Week Radio charts in it’s first two weeks and stayed on the charts for 49 consecutive weeks. Downbeat magazine chose ¡Bien Bien! as one of the top recordings of 2010 and to top things off it was nominated for a Grammy award in the “Best Latin Jazz Recording” category.

To Hear From There

To Hear From There Album Cover

We are looking forward to 2011 in that on January 18th Patois Records will be releasing “To Hear From There”, the third recording for the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet on Patois Records. I feel that the group has captured the creative energy, nuance and fun of one of our live performances and brought those elements to this new CD. Many folks have told me that they love ¡Bien Bien! because it makes them want to dance but that it’s also just as enjoyable to sit and listen to it also. (Left brain and right brain at peace with each other!)

On February 21st the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet will celebrate the release of “To Hear From There” with a performance at Yoshis Jazz Club in Oakland. We will be featuring the new music from “To Hear From There” and also selected songs from our previous recordings ¡Infinity! as well as ¡Bien Bien!

Also we invite you to join our mailing list to receive song samples, prizes, news and more info on upcoming events!!!

Hasta later, Wayne

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