Shawn “Thunder” Wallace a Bag End endorser, is a versatile performer, recording artist, composer, clinician and arranger. Mr. Wallace holds a Master Degree in music. Shawn is 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, he has been recognized in many newspapers and publications including Billboard and Contemporary Christian Music Magazine, consequently 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. Further, he is minister of music and worship arts at Second Baptist Church. Shawn 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. 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.