Grammy winner Janis Siegel to perform on campus

By Audrey Perkins

 

For Janis Siegel, nine-time Grammy winner and 17-time Grammy nominee, music did not come easy. It’s been a 42-year-long, ongoing career of experiences that brought her to her music 
of today.

“I was looking for a challenge,” she said. “Jazz is a journey of personal discovery … it’s not just 
music.”

Jazz vocalist Janis Siegel is coming to campus today for a free tribute concert and master class at the Jacobs School of Music.

Jazz vocalist Janis Siegel is coming to campus today for a free tribute concert and master class at the Jacobs School of Music.

Made famous by her work with The Manhattan Transfer, a jazz group that rose in popularity in the 1970s, Siegel will be celebrated in a tribute performance hosted by the Jacobs School of Music.

“A Tribute to The Manhattan Transfer” will be featured as IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s Fall Concert, beginning at 8 p.m. today in Auer Hall. Siegel will perform with students and faculty and sponsor a master class the 
same day .

Both the concert and master class are free and open to the public. This will be Siegel’s first time working with IU students.

For those interested in the upcoming master class, Siegel said the session would be broken into two parts. The first half will be more technical. Siegel will listen to individual singers to provide them critiques in hopes of opening them up to tweaking their respective musical styles.

The second half will have a question-and-answer session. She said this portion of the event will be relatively flexible.

In a way, Siegel wants the students to lead the discussion, she said. She wants to hear about students’ interests. With her 42-year-long career, Siegel said there are a lot of subjects to cover.

“I’m not going to write out a list (of discussion subjects),” she said. “That doesn’t sound fun.”

In her opinion, working with students is “very stimulating.”

“The teacher learns things from the students,” Siegel said. “They make you think more.”

Looking back on her start in the music industry, Siegel said the key was to make mistakes. That was how she found her personal voice. Good luck, hard work, listening and the ability to learn from mistakes led to her success, she said.

Above all, for students aiming to break into the music industry, Siegel said they need to be open to new opportunities, even if the 
beginning doesn’t pay well.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” she said. “Sing whenever possible.”

Instead of feeling discouraged at the competitive nature of the industry, Siegel said she challenges 
upcoming musicians to see the beauty in the competition. Get creative and avoid the traditional route, 
she said.

“You must think in new ways,” Siegel said. “True talent will definitely prevail … Use your instincts.”

 

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IU Jazz alumna raises awareness of female jazz musicians

By Alaina Milazzo

 

Even as a child living in Albstadt, Germany,    Monika Herzig wanted to prove her love and devotion to music.

“I was just attracted to those keys, but we didn’t have a piano,” Herzig said. “So I had to learn to play the Melodica. I had to hit those keys just to prove to (my parents) that I was serious. Then we bought a piano, and I got to substitute for the church organist, too, which was a great 
opportunity.”

After showcasing her talents to her parents and church, Herzig attended the pedagogical institute in 
Weingarten, Germany.

In 1988, Herzig and her now-husband left for America when she qualified for an exchange program with the University of Alabama.

Once Herzig received her master’s degree, she then attended IU for her doctorate in music education and jazz from the Jacobs School of Music — and never left.

“We decided to stay in Bloomington because we loved the town and the network we had created,” 
Herzig said.

She is now a faculty member at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs    teaching courses in the music industry, community arts, creative thinking techniques with incorporated group jazz and programming for the 
performing arts.

Herzig is currently collaborating with other world-renowned female performers in her project The Whole World in Her Hands.

Herzig is using Indiegogo, a crowd-funding platform, to gain monetary support for “recouping costs from the project,” along with supporting female jazz 
players.

“(The campaign is going) too slow for my taste,” Herzig said, jokingly. “It’s very difficult to get people’s attention and commitment. We only hear about the success stories but rarely about the hard work it involves.”

Herzig’s Indiegogo campaign began Oct. 6 and will end Dec. 1.    She encouraged listeners to visit    monikaherzig.com    and 
   igg.me/at/monika    for more information and to discover other ways to support her campaign, which focuses on promoting female jazz musicians through a 
CD release.

IDS    How did you become interested in jazz?

HERZIG    Well, when you’re a teenager you always have to play that piano by yourself. I was trying to find a way where I could (play) in a band or a group. So I had the chance to join some groups, then went to a summer jazz camp (in Germany) and got hooked.

IDS   When did you come to America from Germany?

HERZIG    That was in 1988 for an exchange program with the University of Alabama. I got my master’s there and then I came to IU for my doctorate.

IDS   What made you choose IU and the Jacobs School?

HERZIG    David Baker was one of the big attractions at that time. I actually had seen him in Germany when he led one of the camps close to our hometown. I wanted to do a doctoral program where I could have a lot of access to jazz, and IU had one.

IDS   How did that schooling inspire you to become not only a jazz artist but a teacher as well?

HERZIG   Jazz is a tough field these days, and my husband is a (jazz) player, too. So with raising a family on top of that, there’s always a variety of things that I’m doing. And I’ve always loved teaching about music education. In fact, all my degrees are in that field.

IDS   Along with teaching and performing, you’re directing the Indiegogo Campaign. What exactly is this project?

HERZIG    Well, on my last two CDs, I worked for a traditional label that paid for everything — the production, distribution. But these labels don’t exist anymore, and the amount that any label can provide is just getting less and less. So, crowd-funding is one of the current ways to make this possible. It’s saying, “Hey, I have this project. I want to do this.” And if you (as the listener) think it’s a good thing, instead of waiting for the work to be produced, why don’t you go ahead and pre-order it?

IDS   Where do female musicians like you fit into the campaign?

HERZIG   I’m gathering the leading female jazz instrumentalists for recording and videotaping.

The goal is to have an audio product as a documentary of the process, since female musicians have low participation in jazz. It will open more opportunities, create role models and just draw attention to the issue of low female numbers.

IDS   How do you think this campaign will help female jazz musicians?

HERZIG   There are many hidden hurdles for female jazz instrumentalists. Role models are missing, so it is still rare for female instrumentalists to decide to pursue a career as a jazz musician. The goal of this project is to showcase some of the amazing women who managed to overcome these hurdles in order to create role models.

 

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Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band, debut CD “Fly!”

mitch shiner FLYIndiana University Jacobs School of Music Alumnus, Mitch Shiner ( Jazz Studies ’14), is releasing his debut CD, “Fly!” on August 19th, 2014. “Fly!” features 19 IU Jacobs School of Music students, making up the BloomingTones Big Band. The album also features five IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz faculty: Jeremy Allen, Pat Harbison, Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, and Dr. David Baker.  Shiner composed and arranged all the music on the CD. “Fly!” has five originals and five arrangements, including “When You Wish upon a Star,” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” Co-produced by Mitch Shiner and Wayne Wallace, “Fly!” is available via Patois Records on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.

Shiner received his BM from Indiana University in 2014, where he also received a Performer’s Certificate for completion of an outstanding senior recital.  Shiner studied under Professors Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro.

More information here: http://www.shineymusic.com/fly/official-pr/

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Celebration honors Indiana jazz legends

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music hosted their Jazz Celebration at the musical arts center on Saturday. The festival celebrated the Indiana Jazz Legends, Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music hosted their Jazz Celebration at the musical arts center on Saturday. The festival celebrated the Indiana Jazz Legends, Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.

By Brandon Cook

 

Blue lights illuminated a giant, superimposed image of three “Indiana Jazz Legends” Saturday night in the Musical Arts Center.

A densely packed audience sat to pay tribute to some of the most popular tunes of the 20th century.

IU presented its Jazz Celebration at 8 p.m. in honor of famous Hoosier jazz musicians.

Along with several guest musicians, including the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the 50-plus-piece Studio Orchestra performed works written by guitarist Wes Montgomery, trombonist J.J. Johnson and pianist Hoagy Carmichael, a Bloomington native whose iconic statue sits outside the IU Auditorium.

“It was like being in a 1940s club,” IU student Alex Black said. “It swung. I loved the feel of it.”

The concert opened with Hoagy Carmichael Overture, arranged by Musical Director Brent Wallarab.

Referred to as “America’s first songwriter” by guest announcer and WFIU’s classic jazz director David Brent Johnson, Carmichael is responsible for writing some of the most popular American songs of all time.

His 1930 release “Georgia on my Mind,” the official state song of Georgia as of 1979, became enormously popular after pianist Ray Charles released a cover in 1960. Two of Carmichael’s other songs, “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul,” were performed Saturday night with a similarly warm reception from the crowd.

Along with his musical career, Carmichael’s image has been ingrained in popular culture as the inspiration for an iconic 20th-century character. Writing in the early 1960s, James Bond creator Ian Fleming decided that his famous Secret Service operative should resemble Carmichael.

Direct references to Carmichael appear in the dialogue of Fleming’s “Casino Royale” as well as “Moonraker.”

The sounds and sights of jazz were both honored at Saturday’s performance. As a tribute to the late jazz photographer Duncan Schiedt, who took some of the most famous pictures of 20th century jazz icons, a massive poster depicting his images of Montgomery, Johnson and Carmichael hung above the orchestra.

“The pictures really help you understand the people you’re listening to,” Black said. “They were people. They weren’t just musicians.”

With celebrated guest soloists such as jazz guitarist Dave Stryker, Grammy-nominated trombonist Wayne Wallace and vocalist and IU graduate student Richard Baskin Jr., Saturday’s celebration treated patrons with the music of Indiana icons.

“You wouldn’t have thought of the Midwest as a place for music,” Black said. “IU does a great job getting everyone to listen.”

 

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New jazz ensemble debuts

By Brandon Cook

 

Jacobs School of Music master’s student and award-nominated jazz guitarist Matt MacDougall led the debut concert of the IU All-Campus Jazz Ensemble at Rachael’s Café Monday night.

The performance featured pieces composed or arranged by Frank Mantooth, Bill Holman, Rob McConnell and Count Basie, among others.

Nearly all of the performers were students not majoring in music who joined the ensemble out of the desire to play in a big-band setting.

Trombone performers focus on their music as they play duing the IU Jazz Ensemble performance Monday night at Rachael's Cafe. The Ensemble, made up of all non-music majors, performed at Rachael's Cafe on Third Street.

Trombone performers focus on their music as they play duing the IU Jazz Ensemble performance Monday night at Rachael’s Cafe. The Ensemble, made up of all non-music majors, performed at Rachael’s Cafe on Third Street.

“It’s eclectic,” said Neil Hicks, the ensemble’s bassist. “A good group effort.”
Despite having been formally trained in music from a young age, MacDougall, who formed the 17-person ensemble with Tom Walsh, did not discover his inclinations towards jazz and classical until he began playing guitar  at the age of 13.

To date, the musician has performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Galaxy Rising Stars Youth Summit Group, in addition to performances alongside musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, John Abercrombie, Tim Hagans, John Surman and Mike Murley.

MacDougall currently serves as an associate instructor in the Jacobs School of Music’s jazz department, but his experiences are not strictly limited to teaching and live performances.

In September 2012, he released the album “Familiar Faces,” a collection of eight tracks that crosses multiple genres and fluctuates between loose, hip-hop beats and a firm bebop sound.

The album was released on Armored Records, a record company devoted to promoting the work of up-and-coming musicians.

“I got some mileage out of it,” he said. “All the things that built my foundation manifested themselves in that album.”

“Familiar Faces” was nominated for the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year.

Following the release of the album, MacDougall was able to perform at several highly renowned venues including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2013 and at the 56th Annual Montery Next Generation Jazz Festival, an event that draws hundreds of artists, from high school students to icons like Herbie Hancock and The Roots.

“I was very humbled by these experiences and felt very welcomed into the jazz community,” he said in a statement on a Kickstarter page.

As of February, the guitarist has been working on his sophomore album, “Boy Goes to City,” which he said will feature a hard-driving groove laced with the influences of rock and alternative hip-hop, all within an improvisational or jazz context.

Other members of the album ensemble include the Grammy award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin, saxophonist Adam Carillo, pianist Alex Wignall, bassist Roy Vogt, drummer Arianna Fanning and Grammy-nominated sound engineer Denny Jiosa.

Although MacDougall’s own compositions featured stylistic influence from jazz fusion and alternative genres, Monday night’s concert was rooted in the big band artists of both early and contemporary, 20th-century composers, such as Count Basie, Frank Mantooth, Bill Holman and Burt Bacharach.

The set-list featured such famous tracks as the bossa nova tune, “Black Orpheus,” the traditional, brass-heavy “After You’ve Gone” and the jazz staple, “Watermelon Man.”

“We range from 1930s through 1940s big band sound, pushing towards a more modern big band sound,” MacDougall said.

With crowds trickling in throughout the night, the venue was packed with an enthusiastic audience.

Even when tables and chairs became crowded, people remained standing and, occasionally, swaying.

“I don’t know anything about music, but I was into it,” audience member Shalu
Mittal said at the show.

 

© Indiana Daily Student 2014

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Jazz Celebration Concert April 26 Highlights Indiana Jazz Legends

The IU Jacobs School of Music presents:

Jazz Celebration—Indiana Jazz Legends: Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.

When: 8:00 pm, Saturday, April 26

Where: IU’s Musical Arts Center

Tickets: $10-$25 reserved seating, $8 for students at the Musical Arts Center Box Office and online here.

The Jacobs School of Music presents the annual Jazz Celebration on Saturday, April 26, in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center with a tribute to Indiana Jazz Legends Hoagy Carmichael, Wes Montgomery, and J.J. Johnson.

Louisville vocalist Gayle King will join new IU Jazz faculty members Dave Stryker and Wayne Wallace in the spotlight performing with a 50-piece jazz studio orchestra featuring Jacobs School of Music faculty and students.

gayle-cu_10-12-07-resize--cropped“Gayle is a veteran jazz vocalist who really knows how to connect with an audience,” said Tom Walsh, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies Department Chair. “She has a rich and wonderfully expressive voice that reminds me of singers like Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan.”

The orchestra will be led by Brent Wallarab, who created most of the orchestral The Stryker-Slagle Bandarrangements specially for this event, including Hoagy Carmichael favorites “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul”. Guitarist Stryker will be heard playing classics by Wes Montgomery with Indianapolis organist Kevin Anker performing on the Jacobs School’s newly refurbished Hammond B-3 organ.

WayneWallaceGrammy-nominated trombonist, composer, and arranger Wayne Wallace will lead a Latin jazz octet in an original arrangement of “Shutterbug” by Indianapolis trombone virtuoso J.J. Johnson, and he will be heard with the orchestra playing Johnson’s hauntingly beautiful “Lament”. Rounding out the program is the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Zegree, singing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia”.

This year’s jazz celebration poster and program features photographs by legendary Indiana photographer Duncan Schiedt as a tribute to his life’s work. Schiedt passed away on March 12 of this year.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Come celebrate with us at the Jazz Celebration!

Jazz Celebration 2013

Last year’s Jazz Celebration was “A Tribute to Cole Porter”.

 

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IU Jazz in NYC! IU Jazz Ensembles invited to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Bloomington, IN – Three ensembles from the venerated Jazz Studies program at Indiana University will serve as jazz ambassadors from Indiana during a featured performance on the final concert of the 2014 New York City Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm.

DSC_3781The top IU Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor of Music and Jazz Studies Department Chair Tom Walsh, will perform with Grammy Award winning New York Voices (newyorkvoices.com) in Rose Theater. The award winning vocal quartet includes Darmon Meader, who serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to perform with such a world-class group as New York Voices in one of the premier jazz venues in the world,” Walsh said. “Working directly with Darmon on his arrangements has been a real treat.”

IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music Steve IMG_0260Zegree will also give a featured performance on the 8 p.m. concert with Darmon Meader as a guest artist.  IUnison (directed by Adjunct Lecturer Ly Wilder) will join IU VJE I in collaborating with other festival participants on the evening concert as part of the Festival Chorus, directed by Zegree.  In addition, IUnison will perform Sunday at noon in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as part of the afternoon festivities.

“On behalf of the IU students we could not be more proud to represent The Jacobs School of Music and Indiana University at one of the most famous jazz venues in the world,” said Zegree.  “This is a tremendous educational and performance opportunity for our students to go toe to toe with top professionals. Our students have been working very hard and are looking forward to sharing their talents at Jazz at Lincoln Center. We hope to see many Indiana University alumni, friends and family in the audience.”

WHAT:  IU Jazz Ensemble directed by Tom Walsh, Vocal Jazz Ensemble I directed by Steve Zegree, and IUnison, directed by Ly Wilder as part of the New York City Jazz Festival.

WHEN: 8 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014

WHERE: Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center

TICKETS: Available at jalc.org or CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, TTY (212) 957-1709, and at the JALC Box office at Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor

SPECIAL OFFERS: Alumni and Friends & Family

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New CD from IU Jazz faculty member Dave Stryker

Stryker Eight TrackIU jazz faculty member Dave Stryker adds to his prolific recorded output with his latest CD project: Eight Track. The recording features classic 1970s hit tunes such as Wichita Lineman, Never Can Say Goodbye, and Aquarius given a grooving jazz treatment. Along with Stryker on guitar, the recording includes Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Jared Gold on organ, and McClenty Hunter on drums.  Dan Bilawsky of All About Jazz says, ”No pretense or posturing on this one. Stryker’s Eight Track is just straight up fun.” Eight Track is available at www.davestryker.com and CDBaby.

Stryker joined the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as adjunct lecturer of jazz guitar in August 2013. Watch for a feature profile in the May 2014 issue of DownBeat magazine. In 2013 Stryker was once again voted  into the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls.

Dave Stryker Upcoming Live Appearances

Kevin Mahogany Band at Birdland

Fri/Sat Mar 14-15, 2014 – 8:30 and 11:00pm

• Kevin Mahogany – vocals
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Pat Bianchi – organ
• McClenty Hunter – drums

Birdland
315 West 44th St
New York, NY

Don Braden / Dave Stryker Organic Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

Sat Mar 22, 2014 – 8:00 and 10:00 pm

• Don Braden – tenor sax
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Jared Gold – organ
• Cecil Brooks III – drums

Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St‎
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-568-3131

Dave Stryker Trio – Dave’s Birthday Gig at the Shanghai Jazz Club!

Sat Mar 29, 2014 – 7:00 and 9:00pm

• Jared Gold – organ
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Adam Nussbaum – drums

Shanghai Jazz Club
24 Main Street,
Madison, NJ
Tel: 973.822.2899

Dave Stryker Quartet at Trumpets Jazz Club

Sat Apr 12, 2014 – 8:00 and 10:00pm

• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Jared Gold – organ
• TBA – drums
• plus special guest

Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square,
Montclair, NJ
(973) 744-2600

 

Dave Stryker - Stefon Harris - Jared Gold - McClenty Hunter

Dave Stryker – Stefon Harris – Jared Gold – McClenty Hunter

 

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Hot Spots: Aaron Neville, Post Modern Jazz Quartet and Jamey Aebersold

The Post Modern Jazz Quartet

The Post Modern Jazz Quartet

Compiled by Marci Creps

 

The Postmodern Jazz Quartet has become a well-known and established band that plays jazz like no other. And to celebrate the naming of Topo’s 403 as the new home to jazz, the quartet will perform 7 p.m. Friday. So consider checking out the venue and this great quartet. You won’t be disappointed. And if you can’t make it, jazz pianist Monika Herzig will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greek restaurant.

It’s an honor

And while we’re talking about jazz, Jamey Aebersold is an IU Jacobs School of Music distinguished jazz alum saxophonist and educator. He was recently given the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So see this newly crowned master at work at 5:30 tonight at Bear’s Place. Tickets are $6, $5 for students.

A classic artist

Aaron Neville has been creating hits since 1967 when he hit the Billboard charts with “Tell It Like It Is.” He’s continued to turn out hits and just a year ago released “My True Story,” a collection of doo-wop hits produced by Don Was and Keith Richards. The 72-year-old crooner will perform 8 p.m. Friday at the French Lick Resort. Tickets start at $42.75.

 

© Herald Times 2014

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Wayne Wallace: ‘Your Art Should Go Hand-in-Hand With Your Social Consciousness’

The Wayne Wallace Quintet.

The Wayne Wallace Quintet.

Wayne Wallace is an acclaimed Afro-Latin jazz musician and eloquent public intellectual. This academic year, the multi-faceted, 61-year-old trombonist became a jazz professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Wallace, a keyboardist, composer and bandleader has made several albums with his self-titled quintet.  His seventh album (the quintet’s second), Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin, recently earned Wallace his sixth career Grammy nomination. Released through his imprint, Patois Records, the self-assured musician believes taking ownership in his work always yield the greatest rewards. Educating others is one of Wallace’s greatest rewards.The San Francisco native’s post at Indiana is not the first time he’s offered his expertise in the classroom. The sought after Wallace has taught courses at San Jose State University, Stanford University, Antioch College and University of California at Berkeley on topics including jazz history, trombone studies, big band, theory, improvisation and Latin Jazz ensemble.

Wallace, the recipient of numerous grants, believes jazz is more than a musical genre. He believes that jazz is the core of American culture. “It’s a creative lifestyle. Anybody that’s an artist, it’s an essential part of who they are. They wouldn’t function if they weren’t doing the essence of what they do,” he says.

Wallace visits Latin American countries and enclaves on many occasions. The accomplished instrumentalist and well-traveled culture advocate uses jazz as a bridge to connect with diverse people.

“If people are connected on all levels of society, it will move forward. What every civilization leaves behind for the rest of the world is their culture. If you don’t nurture your culture, you’re taking steps backward for your community,” says Wallace.

Admitting to enjoying good conversation, Wallace, an authority on Afro-Caribbean music, gets inspired when he connects with local citizens. “People are people no matter where you go. It makes me appreciate more of what’s available to me,” says Wallace with a slight crescendo in his voice.

That same inspiration emerges from Wallace’s appreciation for enthusiastic students. He believes they enhance his teaching methodology. “It’s an exchange. Students who like jazz are usually self-motivated. They come with a lot of questions and a lot of energy. They motivate me to wanna teach better and figure out different ways to help find their voices as artists and musicians,” says Wallace.

Critical thinking gets Wallace’s adrenaline going. He believes that students pursuing a higher education should take the initiative to challenge themselves. His past students have approached him and told him how his courses left an impression on them once they got into the real world.

“When you challenge students to think, they’ll eventually come around. They saw what I was talking about. That’s our job as teachers – to be mentors and pass on information,” says Wallace.

Wallace, an avid baseball fan, uses sports analogies whenever he talks about being self-sufficient. “Don’t wait for somebody to discover you. If you’re not willing to invest in yourself, then why should anybody else? If you go up to bat and you don’t swing, you won’t get a hit,” he says.

Furthermore, Wallace encourages younger musicians to become engaged civic leaders in their local communities. He references the Harlem Renaissance and how this generation should create black cultural products that reflect the concerns of African American communities.

Wallace often shares with his students. “The way music is packaged now, the art does not reflect what’s going on in society. Your art should go hand-in-hand with your social consciousness. Look at music as an active part of your life, not as a hobby,” he says.

Aside from being a thoughtful educator, Wallace is extremely proud of accompanying many of popular music’s greatest entertainers and performers throughout his career. He wants his work in the classroom, on stage and in the recording studio to represent how he made a difference in the world.

“I’m very fortunate that I lived through the time I’ve lived through. I worked with that generation of performers that plowed the field for the rest of us. It’s my responsibility to pass that information onto all people. That’s how we move forward. If you take that away, you’re crippling your society,” says Wallace.

 

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