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UNI graduate Wallace
returns with jazz band
By Jill Zeman
The worlds of jazz, blues and
art will collide tonight as the
third Jazz in June concert at the
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
and Sculpture Garden will fea
ture the Matt Wallace Group.
Wallace, a native of Omaha,
and his seven-member band will
be performing in a free concert at
7 tonight, said Kathy Piper, exec
utive director of the Nebraska
Piper said the NAA was
excited to bring Wallace, a
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
graduate, back on campus. He
and his band also performed at
last year’s Jazz in June concert
series, she said.
The band will showcase a
variety of music styles. They will
play jazz, Brazilian songs, some
Stevie Wonder songs, as well as
original pieces, Wallace said.
“We’ll try to mix it up and
display the different instruments
as much as possible,’’ he said.
Wallace will be featured on
tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
ft We 7/ try to mix it up and display
the different instruments as much
as possible ”
He will also play the
Electronic Wind Instrument, a
wind synthesizer developed by a
No one instrument sticks out
to Wallace as his favorite.
Rather, he enjoys having a vari
ety to choose from.
“This way I never get bored
with anything,” he said.
The performer’s ties to UNL
run deep. Wallace served as
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska president
He graduated in 1985 with a
degree in political science.
Following graduation, he per
formed locally with his band, the
Man Wallace Fusion Force.
He later played with trum
peter Maynard Ferguson’s band
for 13 years.
Wallace recorded nine
Matt Wallace •
musician, Matt Wallace Group
records with Ferguson, toured
extensively and performed on
many major TV shows.
Following the excitement
and chaos of touring and record
ing, Wallace left the band in
1998. He decided to stay in
Omaha to raise his family and
Tonight’is performance space
holds sentimental value for
Wallace. He recalled a summer
he spent at UNL in which he
made monumental improve
ments in his skill on the saxo
Once Wallace walked around
campus looking for a place to •
play his instrument. He settled
on a spot under a bridge near die
Sheldon where the sound rever
berated well, he said.
“It’s always great to come
back to UNL,” he said.
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