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chris wallace quartet
April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
“…a drummer of supreme musicality.” John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald
Chris Wallace is a drummer and composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewnan. Between 2002 and 2014 he was a resident of Edinburgh, Scotland where he became a central figure in the Scottish jazz community.
Best known in the UK for his work with the trios NeWt (Scottish Jazz Ensemble of the year 2012), Breach,and the Graeme Stephen Quintet, Chris also released 2 albums as leader: “Looking Glass” under the band name Loose Grip (2010) and the Chris Wallace Quintet album “Identity” (2014). Chris is now based in Toronto, Canada.
Since arriving in Toronto, Chris has carved out a reputation playing with many of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He is a member of the Alison Young Quintet (CBC top 35 jazz musicians under 35) whose debut album “So Here We Are” has been nominated for a 2019 JUNO award for Jazz album of the year by a solo artist.
He co-founded The Hector Quartet which features Chris Gale on tenor sax, Ted Quinlan on guitar and Jeff Mcleod on Organ. Their debut album “Uncharted” will be released in the summer of 2019 in Vinyl and Digital formats. Wallace is the drummer in Scottish guitarist Graeme Stephen’s Projector Trio, also with Toronto bassist Dan Fortin. He is also, along with bassist Artie Roth, a member of The Johnny Griffith Trio.
He has performed with The Artie Roth Quartet, Adrean Farrugia, Nathan Hiltz, Jake Koffman, Eric St-Laurent, Harley Card, Jeff King, Roberto Occhipinti Trio, David Buchbiner, Kieran Overs, Nancy Walker, Lorne Lofsky, vocalists Billy Newton-Davis, Laura Hubert, Faith Amour, June Garber, Carlos Morgan, Jordana Talsky, Selena Evangaline, Gavin Hope and many others on the Canadian scene. In February of 2017 Chris took his quartet “Many Names” into Canterbury Music Company in Toronto to record the group’s debut album entitled “Somewhere Sacred” (GB Records). Read the Reviews. This album was released in the October of 2017. The group features Jeff King on tenor sax, Adrean Farrugia on piano and Daniel Fortin on bass. The quartet will promote the new album with a Western Canadian release tour in March of 2019.
Joining Chris on stage tonight are Jeff King (tenor sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano) and Artie Roth (bass).