Shawn Wallace

Associate Professor and Area Head
Jazz Studies

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 the director of Jazz Studies and associate professor of jazz saxophone 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. 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.


Areas of Expertise
  • Jazz Studies
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Combos
  • Improvisation
  • BA, MM, DMA

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614 292-2678
407 Hughes Hall
1899 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210