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Chris Wallace

“…a drummer of supreme musicality.” John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald

Chris Wallace is a drummer and composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. Between 2002 and 2013 he lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and was a central figure in the Scottish jazz community.

Chris is now based in Toronto, Canada.

Chris has just released the “Many Names” EP, recorded Dec 6, 2015 in Toronto ON. Canada. Showcasing his new compositions and paving the way for the quartet's first full length album in 2016. The band features award winning Canadian jazz musicians: Jeff King on tenor sax, Adrean Farrugia on piano and Dan Fortin on bass.

Best known for his work with the trios NeWt (Scottish Jazz Ensemble of the year 2012) and Breach, Chris has also released his own quartet album “Looking Glass” under the band name Loose Grip.

His newest project is the Chris Wallace Quintet. The first Chris Wallace Quintet album “Identity” is now available for digital download from iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon and anywhere you choose to download music. Physical copies of the CD are also available at www.chriswallacedrums.com.

Chris has worked in a wide variety of settings over the years. In the 1990′s he moved to Atlanta, GA, USA to work with underground American prog rock band Timothy Pure. The band released 2 acclaimed albums and toured Western Europe 3 times sharing stages with Uriah Heep, Asia, Saga and members of King Crimson among others.

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Writing about the NeWt trio's second album 2010:

“It could be the best and most fearless contemporary jazz unit to come out of Scotland.” Selwyn Harris – Jazzwise

“Many of the compositions are by Wallace, showing a rare melodic sense as well as his evident propulsive skills.” David McNally – The Skinny

Writing about the Quartet album “Looking Glass” 2010:

“…this album is a triumph of mood and musical intelligence.” “…complex, accomplished writing…” Mark Gilbert – Jazz Journal

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Over 20 years professional touring and recording experience in a diverse range of genres. Studied technique with legendary educator/clinician Dom Famularo in New York, also studied with Ben Perowski and Willie Jones III. Lessons customized to student's individual needs. Reasonable rates.



Many Names EP

Unknown label


NeWt "North"

Self Release


Breach "Borders"

Breach label


Breach "On the Walk"

Breach label


Staying In

From: Many Names
By Chris Wallace

North of Fitz

From: Identity
By Chris Wallace


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