The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet’s days of flying under the radar are at an end. Its 2013 album, Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin, earned the San Francisco-based group its second Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. And Wallace, a trombonist who has a handful of Grammy nominations for other projects, is reaping more and more critical praise for his “gorgeous” playing” (JazzWax), “earnestly grooving” statements (DownBeat) and smart revamping of traditional Cuban and Caribbean sounds.
Add to the mix all that Wallace has picked up from playing with such greats as Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana and Earl “Fatha” Hines and you have a potent blend of styles and accents. Wallace, who is on the faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, will be joined by bassist David Belove, pianist Murray Low, conga and percussion player Michael Spiro and drummer Colin Douglas.