Harlem Speaks: Bennie Wallace, Saxophonist

Thu, May 19, 2011, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace made waves throughout the jazz world in the late 1970s with his debut recording, The Fourteen Bar Blues. Thereafter, with an unflagging respect and affection for classic jazz, he repeatedly represented his own progressive take on the music. His talent for composing and arranging music attracted the attention of Hollywood moviemakers in the late 1980s, which led him to spend nearly a decade in California composing and directing film soundtracks.

Wallace’s music has developed a more lyrical sense, yet his rhythms retain an authentic style that belong uniquely to Wallace, according to critics. Winner of Germany’s Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the jazz Grammy equivalent, and a five-time winner of the Down Beat magazine award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, the full impact of Wallace’s talent remained yet to unfold into the new century. Wallace lives in Connecticut. 

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

104 East 126th Street

(between Park and Lexington Avenues)


New York, NY 10035

(212) 348-8300

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Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 125th Street

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