Vince Wallace 1939 – 2012

San Francisco and Oakland lost a jazz legend recently

updated Novermber 2nd, 2012, Vince Wallace’s son does a great Youtube tribute to his dad

via email
A Memorial for tenor great Vince Wallace who died on October 2nd, will
be held next Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Fruitvale Presbyterian
Church, located at 2735 MacArthur Blvd./corner of Coolidge Ave. in
Oakland. At 2 pm Vince’s son, Bryan, will conduct a Buddhist service
upstairs in the Sanctuary, followed by a performance of VW’s tunes with
Jennifer Clevinger and her Quintet; afterwards visiting musicians may
join a jam session. Dr. Kittams will provide drum set as well as bass.
Food and drink will also be available.

Looking forward celebrating Vince’s life with his family and the Jazz


Vince Wallace Resident of Oakland, CA June 15, 1939 – Oct. 2, 2012 Jazz icon, tenor saxophonist/ composer For over five decades, Maestro Wallace has played a pivotal role on the Bay Area Jazz Scene. He leaves us with a rich musical legacy and will be long remembered for his soulful saxophone sound and his superb compositions which have become an integral part of the history of jazz. Mr. Wallace is deeply mourned by his sons Bryan and Cameron, daughter Mara and their families. He also will be sorely missed by his devoted companion, Heide Pilc, and his large extended family, the jazz community all over the globe. Memorial services are pending.

also, Rico Artist Blog has a very nice farewell to Vince

I was lucky enough to meet Vince Wallace in 2002 after doing research on his most famous song, Bombay Calling, which is on the first album by It’s a Beautiful day in 1969. Since then I helped get a couple of CD’s online for him and did a number of live recordings of Vince in Oakland. Vince also provided me with his only copy of his documentary Green Vinyl Shoes so I could copy and digitize it and make a permanent record. The first website I made about Vince 10 years ago is here. Vince was a very gentle soul and one of the coolest cats around. Rest in peace Vince, you will be sorely missed. Hope you enjoy jammin with the greats up there, good buddy

In honor of Vince, this is a very rare live performance at the Cascades Club, Belmont Shores, Long Beach CA, 1963. This has never been released officially and never posted before today. It was sent to me by Brian Corcoran who has the original reel to reel tapes. It was hoped to maybe get it released through Vince or donated to the Oakland library, or something like that. The Cascades Club sessions are referenced in the Green Vinyl Shoes video below

disc 1, perhaps, southbound express, the night has a thousand eyes, blues up and down, cascade blues, stella by starlight, west coast outpost, bayroot, exursion hey,

disc 2, minority, lazy bones, the night has a thousand eyes, a blues mood, it might as well be spring, pauls pal



Previous posts and live recordings of Vince:

Vince Wallace at Bulldog Cafe, Oakland, February 10, 2002

Vince Wallace at Bulldog Cafe, january 16, 2009

Vince Wallace at Blue Sky Cafe, Oakland, April 5, 2009

Vince Wallace at Blue Sky Cafe, Oakland, June 27 2010 (this is my last live recording of Vince and one of the best for sound quality)

the extremely rare Green Vinyl Shoes produced by Goro Toshima in 1996, who was at Stanford University at the time and did this as a class project

Vince Wallace at Bulldog cafe, Oakland, 2009

with the Gene Stone quartet

Klon Jazz Caravan night. Los Angeles April 1994 I thought about you
Vince Wallace tenor Saxophone
Kent Glenn Piano Gene Stone drums
Tierney Sutton Vocals

Blue Sky Cafe, Oakland 2008

Vince Wallace and Mel Dorsey – Funky 1959, Blackjack records one of his rarest and earliest records

Bulldog Cafe, Oakland 2009

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