San Francisco - Greetings From The San Francisco Chapter Board: Wayne Wallace

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Wayne Wallace - GRAMMY Nominee/Arranger/Educator/Composer

San Francisco Governor

How/When did you get your start?

I started out in the San Francisco Boy's Club Jazz. It was a valuable experience for me as it was the first time I worked with experience older musicians.

Who is the most interesting person you've worked with and why?

I have worked with many great artists but I would say that Eartha Kitt was the most interesting. She had an aura and warmth that told you she had experienced life to the fullest and understood what it meant to be compassionate.

Who is someone you would like to work with and why?

I would love to work and study with Ornette Coleman at some point. I have listened to his music for years and it sounds as fresh today as the day it was created.

How does a band or artist become a brand?

I think that artistic integrity and consistency promotes creating a brand. The quality of the art will speak for itself over time as opposed to glossy hyperbole.

What is your favorite piece of equipment and why?

I love my King 3-B Trombone. I have had it for 40 years and it has become an extension of my voice.

Where/How do you hear about new music?

I hear about new music from fellow musicians and my students.

What's the best part about the San Francisco music scene?

I love the diversity of the San Francisco music scene. It allows for genre/style mixing and new ideas.

What book would you recommend as a must read for someone?

The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron. It is a well thought out process for nurturing individual creativity.