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Bennie Wallace

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 18, 1946, Bennie Lee Wallace took up the tenor saxophone at age 12. He worked after hours clubs around Tennessee during his high school and college years and graduated on clarinet from the University of Tennessee in 1968. Three years later he moved to New York where he played concerts and club gigs with musicians like Barry Harris, Cecil McBee, Buddy Rich, Monty Alexander, Glen Moore and others.

In 1979, Bennie Wallace burst onto the international Jazz scene with his award-winning first release on Enja Records, The Fourteen Bar Blues. The critical acclaim was overwhelming, hailing Bennie Wallace as the “New Saxophone Giant”, the youngest of a lineage including Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Albert Ayler and Sonny Rollins.

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Discography

Disorder at the Border, The Music of Coleman Hawkins

Disorder at the...

Justin Time Records
2008

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Disorder at the Border: The Music of Coleman Hawkins

Disorder at the...

Justin Time Records
2007

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Disorder At The...

Enja Records
2006

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The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

Enja Records
2004

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Bennie Wallace In Berlin

Bennie Wallace In...

Enja Records
2002

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Moodsville

Moodsville

Groove Note Records
2002

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