Chris Wallace


Chris Wallace’s Many Names


This new Toronto based quartet is the vehicle for Wallace’s newly composed material. Since returning home to Canada in 2014, Chris has been busy writing music inspired by the new surroundings and the vast array of musicians creating vibrant sounds on the local scene. The group has begun making a name for itself in and around Toronto, performing at The Rex Hotel, The Jazz Room in Kitchener/Waterloo, Lula Lounge, U of T Hart House, Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, Markham Jazz Festival and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The quartet’s debut album entitled “Somewhere Sacred” was recorded in February 2017 and will be released in the fall of ’17. Jeff King (tenor), Adrean Farrugia (piano) and Daniel Fortin (bass) join Chris in the quartet.

Chris Wallace Quintet

The quintet boasts a line-up of some of the most in demand Scottish musicians: Martin Kershaw on alto sax, Graeme Stephen on guitar, Paul Harrison on piano and Mario Caribe on double bass, recorded the album “Identity” in one day on November 17th 2013 just two weeks before Chris’s relocation to Toronto, Canada.



NeWt In 2006 Chris formed the trio NeWt with friends Graeme Stephen and Chris Greive. This band went on to release 3 unique albums. In 2011 the group toured the UK extensively performing across Scotland, England and Wales in support of their album “NeWt 2” which featured Silke Eberhard from Berlin, a leading light on the German improvising scene. Their performance at Matt and Phred’s club in Manchester was broadcast live on BBC Jazz on 3. Later that year the trio appeared at Ronnie Scott’s in London as part of the Brit Jazz Festival. NeWt also had the privilege of supporting Bill Frisell at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the 2011 London Jazz Festival. Newt lounge2 With generous support from Creative Scotland NeWt created a new and entirely original project for their third album “North”. They disappeared to the Shetland Islands’ most northerly point: the isle of Unst to write an original suite of music inspired by the surroundings. The writing and rehearsal process was rigorously documented and live streamed by a film crew and after five days the suite was recorded and streamed live at the inaugural Shetland Jazz Festival. In June 2012 NeWt was selected to take part in the Made in the UK showcase series, which saw the band perform at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the TD Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals. NeWt was named Jazz Ensemble of the year for 2012 at the Scottish Jazz Awards.

 “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

Breach The organ trio Breach was formed in May 2010 by Chris Wallace, Paul Harrison and Graeme Stephen. Breach takes this familiar format in an entirely unique direction. The group has released two acclaimed albums “On the Walk” and “Borders” In 2012 they toured the UK and were selected as part of the Made in the UK showcase series performing at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the TD Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals. Breach Live in Bournemouth

“…slipping between calm meditation and edgy improviasation, the trio have real telepathy.”

Musician Magazine

Loose Grip Chris formed Loose Grip in 2009 as an outlet for the new music he was writing that was in a different vein to the NeWt style of music. The album Looking Glass features a more contemporary modern jazz style reminiscent of the Scofield/Lovano partnership. Chris is joined by Tenor player John Burgess, Guitarist Malcolm Macfarlane and Bassist Sean Pentland.


looking glass cover smaller“…this album is a triumph of mood and musical intelligence.”     

“…complex, accomplished writing…”                    

   Mark Gilbert – Jazz Journal

© 2013 Chris Wallace