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Vince Wallace: A Jazz Legend Stands Tall in Oakland

Maybe the luckiest day in tenor saxophonist Vince Wallace's life, or at least the luckiest day in the last few years, was the day in the summer of 2001 that he wandered into the Bulldog Coffee Shop on Broadway in Oakland and was recognized by a jazz fan named Justin Scovil.

Wallace is a West Coast jazz legend to area musicians and fans with long memories. An Oakland native, Wallace had been playing up and down California since the 50's.

On this day in 2001, the 62-year-old Wallace was, essentially, down on his luck. But within weeks, Scovil had taken ...



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