San Francisco-based trombonist Wayne Wallace is, as ever, keeping busy these days. For starters, he appears several times on a forthcoming compilation titled Salsa de la Bahia!. The 2-CD set, scheduled to drop on August 6 on Wallace’s own Patois Records, features some of leading artists on San Francisco’s thriving Latin music scene. The album developed out of Rita Hargraves’ documentary The Last Mambo, which documents San Francisco’s Latin scene. That film, for which Wallace plays a central role as musical advisor, will also be released on Patois, in early 2014. In addition to Wallace, both the film and album feature signature Bay Area artists such as John Santos’ Machete Ensemble, Edgardo Cambon’s Candela, and Anthony Blea.
In early June, Wallace also released a record with his Latin Jazz Quintet. That disc, titled Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin, includes special guests Pete Escovedo, John Santos and many others.
And, finally — for now — Wallace has just been appointed professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He’ll begin teaching this fall. We wish him luck.