Soulful Musings: The Musical Journey of Trombonist Corey Wallace

Welcome to "The Truth In This Art." I'm your host, Rob Lee. In today's episode, we have a captivating conversation with trombonist, composer, and arranger Corey Wallace. Soulful. Empowering. Tasteful. All have been used to describe the playing, composing styles, and musicality of trombonist Corey A. Wallace. With a strong sense of tradition, love for all things good music, and a desire to be heard, he is able to reach and captivate audiences with his unique interpretations of melody and approach to improvisation and the music-making process. Believing in learning directly from his peers and the elders, Wallace has shared the stage and/or has studied with a host of jazz luminaries, such as Wycliffe Gordon, Lee Konitz, Joe Chambers, Jason Marshall, Vincent Gardner, Matt Wilson, Grachan Moncur III, Howard Johnson, Andrew Cyrille, Whit Williams, Tim Green, Warren Wolf, Matt Wilson, and many others; as well as Kim Burrell, Antone “Chooky” Caldwell (as well as contributed/arranged music for his recent album “Subject to Change”), Nolan Williams, Jr., Marcus Johnson, Mary C & the Stellars, and Earth, Wind, and Fire tribute band "In Gratitude" of the R&B/funk/gospel/genres. Wallace was also selected as the 2012 Best Trombonist by the Washington City Paper for his “technical fluidity and for the heavy dose [of] introspection that sits right on the surface of his playing”.

In this episode, we explore:

  • How Corey Wallace's deep love for music was sparked by the profound influence of his family and exposure to a diverse range of musical genres.
  • Join us as we unravel the secrets behind Corey's thriving musical career, where his unyielding work ethic and unwavering dedication to his craft have been instrumental in his success as a musician.
  • Tune in to hear Corey stress the utmost importance of authenticity and remaining true to oneself amidst the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry. This episode promises valuable insights for aspiring artists and music enthusiasts alike.

Join us for an insightful exploration of Corey as he discusses his journey in music, from his early experiences in Baltimore to his move to New York. He talks about the influence of his family and teachers on his musical development and the importance of hard work and perseverance. Corey also touches on the stereotypes he has faced as a black musician and the importance of authenticity in the music industry.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Corey A. Wallace
Corey A. Wallace
Trombonist, composer, and educator, driven by the journey is my destination (for now). IG: @thebigdawgcometh @thecoreywallaceDUBtet 🎵🎶
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