Baltimore, MD native/trombonist Corey A. Wallace has gained the respect and admiration of many in his relentless pursuit of all things good music and amazing life experiences. He was selected as the 2012 Best Trombonist by the Washington [D.C.] City Paper for his “technical fluidity and for the heavy dose [of] introspection that sits right on the surface of his playing”; more recently, he was again selected as Best Trombonist in the 2019 NYC Reader Jazz Poll (sponsored by Hot House Magazine/Jazzmobile) in a deep field of legends and luminaries - Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Davis, John Fedchock, and Ryan Keberle - not just for his playing, but for being a staple and anchor on the NYC scene, across generations.
He is well versed and feels equally at home in various styles of music and is always eager to contribute with musicians and artists. Extensive study, talent, perspective, and knowledge have afforded him opportunities and ongoing gigs with many legends, powerhouses, and his contemporaries in genres people refer to as jazz, R&B, hip hop, gospel, pop music, and otherwise. As a freelancer and artist, Wallace has made a place for himself and continues to be a vital part of the NYC scene as a leader, collaborator, and member of the community.
As a teaching artist, he has taught at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Harlem School for the Arts, in the New York Public School System, and was most recently a faculty member in a variety of programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center (2017-2020). He also has a growing number of private students dedicated to studying the trombone and learning from his wide array of life and music experiences.
Wallace is currently based out of New York City, NY. He leads the Corey Wallace DUBtet, a group dedicated to creativity and integrity in Black American Music and beyond.