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Wally Schnalle

Wally Schnalle has been playing drums well over 40 years and has a long history of working with San Jose Jazz. For the past 20 years he’s been sharing his knowledge and experience as a teacher, bandleader, recording artist, and sideman with many great Bay Area bands. He performs and teaches in many genres, including Latin, funk, and rock and blues, but the bulk of his work is in Jazz and fusion. He has performed widely, including gigs at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Monterey Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival and San Francisco’s Jazz in the City series. Schnalle has nine CDs of original compositions in release and was awarded a compositional commission from the Santa Clara University School of Music and Dance as well as an Artist In Residence Grant fro The California Arts Council

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019 Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong Park Hong Kong September 22, 25-27 We've long been told that jazz is a world language, but regional dialects are becoming an increasingly louder part of the conversation. Sitting conceptually, if not geographically, on the nexus ...

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SJZ Collective: SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

Read "SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk" reviewed by Doug Collette

Until a saucy swagger kicks in on the fourth and final track, “Blue Monk," it's difficult if not impossible to recognize this music as a tribute to the late Thelonious Monk And that's perfectly appropriate--no similarly-conceived homage should be overly familiar. But it is also a tribute to the ingenuity of the SJZ Collective, and the ...

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Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way

Read "Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way" reviewed by David Becker

Hristo Vitchev isn't a typical guitar hero. Supremely fluent with his instrument, the prolific composer and performer would rather communicate than show off complex technique. His albums and concerts are full of gorgeously understated performances that leave just the right amount of room for the musicians to support each other and the audience to fill in ...

Idiot Fish

Label: Retlaw Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Market Fresh; Breath Takers; Erroneous; Ferns; Prohibition 21; Sleeper Class; Poolside; Squanches; Sweetener.

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Wally Schnalle: Idiot Fish

Read "Idiot Fish" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

For his ninth album as leader, and with over 40 years of experience at the kit, drummer-composer Wally Schnalle has pulled out all the stops. Working sound bytes into delicate infusions of soul, jazz, and electronica, Schnalle nourishes an integrated field of sound that at once evokes seventies nostalgia and progressive futurism. Toward achieving this effect, ...

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Wally Schnalle’s Debut at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California

Read "Wally Schnalle’s Debut at the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay California" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Wally Schnalle Quartet Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, California June 13, 2010 Wally Schnalle and his quartet made its debut at the Douglas Beach House and once underway, everyone in the house knew that a hard hitting jazz-fusion band had arrived. In an appearance celebrating the release of his ...

The Suit

Label: Retlaw Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: The Wheels Of Agraz; Flowk; Shouldn't Be That Way; 15th Street Rundown; Red Marty; That Road; Do That; Emdecici; Suit Suite: Wear That Suit, Excellent Choice, How's The Fit?

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Wally Schnalle: The Suit

Read "The Suit" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

"The Suit," drummer Wally Schnalle writes in the liner notes to his new album of the same name, “is simply a metaphor for a myriad of musical constraints such as: idiom, genre, common practice, expectations, bag, style, and convention. Each of these, and more, I find can impose severe limitations on creativity. And so the straight ...

That Place

Label: Retlaw Records
Released: 1999


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