The Artists

BackCountry Jazz is graciously supported by these world-class musicians and educators who dedicate their time and expertise to the BCJ program. They provide one-on-one mentorship and group master classes, and are our featured artists for benefit concerts.

BackCountry Jazz History

Bennie Wallace

Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophonist, composer and recording artist for more than three decades is one of the most exciting saxophonists on today’s jazz scene. He has released over 20 jazz recordings, won five DownBeat awards, numerous recording awards and has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, among them: Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea.Wallace has also shown his Southern roots by playing and recording with Stevie RayVaughan, Dr. John and other blues and gospel artists. Wallace is also the composer for Oscar-nominated movies whose credits include Bull Durham, Paul Newman's Blaze, White Men Can't Jump, among others.