Congratulations to alumni Corey Wallace (B.M. Trombone Performance ’08) on winning Hot House Jazz Magazine’s NYC Readers Jazz Awards best trombonist of the year award. The winners were selected by over 80,000 votes worldwide, with Wallace coming out on top in the trombone category.
The awards ceremony was held at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club, where attendees had the opportunity to witness rare musical collaborations between finalists. Some of the most important names in the industry were in attendance to present awards, with a portion of proceeds from ticket sales donated to Jazzmobile, an organization that promotes high quality jazz education and performance programs.
Described as “soulful,” “empowering,” and “tasteful,” Wallace has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Wycliffe Gordon, Lee Konitz, Joe Chambers, Jason Marshall, Vincent Gardner, Matt Wilson, Grachan Moncur III, Howard Johnson, Andrew Cyrille, White Williams, Time Green, Warren Wolf, and many others. As an in-demand performer, he has performed at top venues and jazz clubs around the world. While at Penn State, Wallace taught at the Penn State Music Camp, and served as president of the Penn State Jazz Club and a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators.
More information on Corey can be found at his artist Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cawallacemusic/