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Living In The Moment

Posted on : 09-12-2010 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life


In the midst of celebrating the Grammy nomination for ¡Bien Bien! we are saddened by the news our dear friend and colleague Paul van Wageningen suffered a mild stroke on Monday. The good news is that he was attended to quickly and is on the road to recovery. Paul’s wife Toni has e-mailed us that “He is on the road to recovery. He is very lucky and has no muscle paralysis and is already tapping out tunes on the bed linens.”
Because life has the first and last word in everything, I believe that living in the moment is our best answer to the daily challenges and questions it presents to us. We all have many blessings bestowed upon us that we should cherish (family, friends, health), cherish them everyday.

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Day Three in the studio

Posted on : 19-08-2010 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life, Music


Original post – Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 8:36am

This was a relaxing fun day of ideas and good energy. We recorded three more tracks in a leisurely fashion and started doing cleanup work and taking inventory. We’ve have done 10 tracks in total that sound great and that we are very proud of. Looking forward to sharing them with all of you.

One of my goals on this project was to have as much of the members personalities on the CD. So we have the guys singing on 3 different songs. To put us in the mood and the proper artistic frame of mind Paul V.W. warmed up by singing the Dutch national anthem!! All kidding aside we knocked out a canto for Yemaya, a tribute to Bebo Valdes and a swinging coro for a cha-cha.

We wrapped up these sessions with two trombone arrangements for “The Peanut Vendor” and a funky timba style song “Todo Y Mas”. Our guests are Dave Martell, Natalie and Jeff Cressman. The cats played and soloed beautifully and most importantly we had fun!!!

With this phase done we are going to take a week or so off before getting back to work for the finishing touches.

In the words of Billy Strayhorn,” Ever upward and onward!!!”


Day One recording the new “Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet”

Posted on : 17-08-2010 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life, Music


Original post -Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:17pm

I love being insituations that allow for creativity to flow. That iswhy I appreciate working with Paul van Wageningen, David Belove, Michael Spiro, Murray Low and Gary Mankin on recording projects.They all have “big ears” and are intensely committed to making great music. We started working onthe new “Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet” recording yesterday at Open Path Recording Studio in San Jose yesterday and had a ball. Our las trecording ¡Bien Bien! was well received by radio and music fans a like.It stayed on the radio charts for 39 weeks and is still doing well in sales. However with success comes the challenge of moving forward and remaining true to one’s self artistically.

Our goal with this new recording is to capture the energy and nuances the band projects inlive concerts so that the listener can find something new upon repeated listening of the songs. With this in mind we have taken more of an experimental approach in the studio ala the Beatles “White Album”. We found that even after rehearsing the songs we found new and exciting ways to develop ideas within them and spent the day shaping the new ideas spontaneously.

Today we will be recording with two of our guest vocal artists, Bobi Céspedes and Kenny Washington.

Looking forward to their energy and talent being present in the studio. More to come tomorrow!!

Musically yours,

Wayne Wallace

Good News!

Posted on : 01-10-2009 | By : Wayne Wallace | In : Life, Music


Originally posted Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8:51pm

Hey Family,

I just wanted to share the good news with you that my new CD, “¡Bien Bien!” has hit the #1 spot on two different radio charts this week!!! We are honored that the CD debuted at #1 on the Jazz Week World charts and is #1 on the College Music Journal Latin Jazz Chart. The CD is ranked #5 on the Jazz Chart for Jazz Week and #16 on the Jazz Chart for CMJ. It’s a thrill to be off to such a great start on our promotions campaign for this recording.

The rest of the Latin Jazz Quintet and I would like to celebrate the initial success of this recording with you this coming Monday, October 5th, at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. We will kick off the celebration at 6:30 at the Lush Life Art Gallery next door to Yoshi’s with a showing of paintings by our brother, Russell Kidd, whose artwork was used on the cover of “!Bien, Bien!” and my last CD, “Infinity.” I will give a short pre-concert talk in the gallery at 7:00 titled “The Barbary Coast, the Fillmore and More!” looking at the San Francisco Jazz scene past, present and beyond followed by my Latin Jazz Quintet at 8:00. Of course, we will have prizes and tons fun for everyone!

I feel that the Bay Area scene is in a really good cycle for all of us right now. I want to congratulate our sister Jackie Ryan for regaining the #1 spot on the Jazz Week charts with her great CD “Doozy”. Kudos also to John Santos has had his recordings “Perspectiva Fragmentada” and “¡La Guerra, No!” submitted for Grammy Award consideration. Kat Parra will be having a release party for her new CD “Dos Amantes” this Saturday at the Jazzschool and a new project for Patois artist Kristina, “Offshore Echoes” hits the streets October 15th.

As a warm up to Monday at Yoshi’s, I’ll be doing radio interviews on Friday, October 2nd at 2:00 p.m. with Avotcja on KPOO 89.5 San Francisco and on Sunday, October 4th with Chuy Varela at 3:00 P.M. KCSM 91.1 FM San Mateo. Please support these independent stations who are keeping Jazz and jazz musicians alive in the Bay Area and beyond. I hope you join us on Monday at Yoshi’s to celebrate…it would be great to share our joy with you in person.

- Wayne