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Shawn Wallace

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Shawn Wallace

Professor of Jazz Saxophone; Area Coordinator of Black American Music


614 292-2678

N547 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Director, The Ohio Show Band
  • Jazz Studies
  • Black American Music


  • BA, MM, DMA

Shawn "Thunder" Wallace is a versatile performer, recording artist, composer, clinician and arranger, skilled in jazz music and equally comfortable with classical, contemporary Christian and gospel music. He has been seen and heard nationally on CBS, BET, NBC and NPR. In addition to receiving recognition from many newspapers and publications including Billboard and Contemporary Christian Music Magazine, he is a winner of Downbeat magazine's Outstanding Soloist award.

Dr. Wallace is professor of jazz saxophone and area coordinator of Black American Music at The Ohio State University. He is also the minister of music and worship arts at Second Baptist Church. He has released eight CDs, is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, bass and guitar) and is the leader of Perfect Storm and The Shawn "Thunder" Wallace Quartet. At Ohio State, he leads The Ohio Jaztet (jazz faculty group) and is director of The Ohio Show Band (commercial music ensemble). Dr. Wallace is a Vandoren Artist and endorses Gemeinhardt musical instruments. He appeared in the 2017 movie Miles Ahead and authored the book How to Improvise over Chord Changes (Hal Leonard, 2018). Dr. Wallace tours frequently with The Count Basie Orchestra and also regularly performs with The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. For more information visit his website,  www.doctorthundermusic.com.


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