Wallace Stelzer is an esteemed New York City-based double bassist. Drawn to the city by his love of jazz, blues, and Brazilian music, the Houston native maintains a busy performance and recording schedule as both a sideman and bandleader in his own right. His thoughtful approach to the instrument found him a niche in the city’s competitive jazz scene and continues to bring him wonderful performance opportunities across many of the country’s most prestigious stages with some of the world’s finest musicians.
Wallace is well known for his active tenure with Tatiana Eva-Marie’s Avalon Jazz Band and Patrick Bartley’s J-Music Pocket Band. He is honored to have taken the stage at such venues and events as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, NYC Winter Jazzfest, New York Hot Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center), Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, Minton’s Playhouse, and Ginny’s Supper Club, among many others. Several notable collaborators include Don Hahn, Stéphane Séva, Carol Morgan, Gene Bertoncini, Carlos Bauzys, Dennis Dotson, and Andre Heyward.
Along with his performing career, Wallace is also a committed educator, composer, and sound engineer. Wallace has taught privately for many years, and is pleased to be a faculty member at the Larchmont Music Academy. In addition to the educational content he creates for social media, Wallace has published several articles for LearnJazzStandards--an excellent online resource for aspiring jazz musicians. When not gigging, teaching, or practicing, Wallace also enjoys writing and producing new music in his home recording studio in Manhattan.
Wallace earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jazz performance from the City College of New York in 2014, where he studied with world-renowned bassist John Patitucci. His knowledge of music was further supplemented by many other wonderful instructors including Mike Holober, Vanderlei Pereira, Scott Reeves, Steve Wilson, and Adam Cruz. Upon graduating magna cum laude, Wallace accepted an invitation to join the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
A proud alumnus of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Wallace credits the fine jazz education he received from Warren Sneed and Art Fristoe to be the foundation upon which he built his career in music today. He also regards his private study with esteemed double bassists Burke Shaw, Dennis Whittaker, and Lynn Seaton as truly invaluable; and would like to express further gratitude to instructor, colleague, and friend Erin Wright for her dedicated mentorship. Through their influences, he hopes to share the joy of music with every person he teaches, musician he performs with, and audience he performs for.
Bassist Wallace Stelzer was amped pleasantly high in the mix, serving as the band’s Secretary of Entertainment with his wry sense of humor, the occasional tongue-in-cheek quote...
-New York Music Daily