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. He has also received recognition from many newspapers and publications including Billboard and Contemporary Christian Music Magazine.

Wallace is the director of Jazz Studies and associate professor of jazz saxophone at The Ohio State University. He is also the creative director at Vineyard Columbus. He has released 8 CDs, is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, bass and guitar) and is the leader of The Ohio Jaztet, Perfect Storm and The Shawn "Thunder" Wallace Quartet. Wallace is a Vandoren Artist and endorses Gemeinhardt musical instruments. Wallace will appear in the upcoming movie Miles Ahead and is currently pursuing a DMA in saxophone performance at The University of Cincinnati (CCM).


Areas of Expertise
  • Jazz Studies
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Combos
  • Improvisation

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