Corey A. Wallace

Setnor School of Music

Instructor, Applied Music and Performance (Trombone, Jazz Trombone)

301 Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010


Baltimore, MD native/trombonist Corey Wallace has gained the respect and admiration of many in his relentless pursuit of all things good music and amazing life experiences.

He was selected as the 2012 Best Trombonist by the Washington [D.C.] City Paper for his “technical fluidity and for the heavy dose [of] introspection that sits right on the surface of his playing”; more recently, he was again selected as Best Trombonist in the 2019 NYC Reader Jazz Poll (sponsored by Hot House Magazine/Jazzmobile) in a deep field of legends and luminaries - Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Davis, John Fedchock, and Ryan Keberle - not just for his playing, but for being a staple and anchor on the NYC scene, across generations.

With a deep connection to the bandstand, audience, the music, culture, and the classroom he has been afforded many opportunities to share and create moments with other amazing musicians - his influences, the elders, and icons, who have laid the foundation for what the music is, as well as his contemporaries who continue and expand the tradition. Wallace made a place for himself as a vital part of the NYC scene as a leader, collaborator, performer, curator, music director, and member of the community. Even during such an unprecedented time in the world where everything has changed, continuing to create with artists and creatives by recording, podcasting, and releasing fulfilling content has allowed for him to reach vast audiences!

He’s performed in big bands/horn sections/orchestras/ensembles for concerts, festivals, recordings, and tv appearances with many artists and performers, such as Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Kuumba Frank Lacy, Kim Burrell, Bilal, Savion Glover, Neyo, Kelly Clarkson, Rosalía, Brandie Inez Sutton, Matt Jones, DeeDee Bridgewater, Nicholas Payton, Stephon Harris, John Hendricks, Alice Smith, Esperanza Spaulding, Marquis Hill, Theo Croker, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Whitfield, Theo Croker, Keke Wyatt, Damien Sneed, Darrin Atwater, Earl St. Clair, Pharaohe Monch, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Lea Delaria, Keyon Harold, Stefan Harris, Jazzmeia Horn, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Bonnie Prince Billy, Valery Ponomarev, Billy Harper, Rufus Reid, Andy Bey, Joe Chambers, Lee Konitz, The Mighty Impressions, The Temptations, and more.

He has performed at regional, national, and international festivals such as NYC Summerstage, Winter Jazz Fest, the Tribeca Film Festival, Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston SC, the DC Jazz Fest, Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, the Da Camera Jazz Series in Houston, TX, Summer Nostos Festival in Athens, Greece, and more.

He also has appeared on FXs Pose, VH1s Black Ink Crew, and NBCs The Jimmy Fallon Show. In 2020, he was called upon by composer and arranger Craig Harris to contribute to the film score to “Judas and the Black Messiah”, which received high acclaim and multiple accolades.

In 2021, he joined the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music faculty, as the jazz trombone instructor teaching improvisation and techniques used within the idiom and as a freelancer, as well as applied trombone studies. As a teaching artist, he has taught at the Sanaa Music Workshop (based in New Orleans), the Jazz Arts Collective Summer Jazz Workshop (Fordham University), and was a faculty member and artist-in-residence in a variety of programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center (2017-2020). He’s also been a vital part of the jazz education programs at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Harlem School for the Arts, and taught general music in the New York Public School System. He has a growing number of private students dedicated to studying the trombone, the music, and learning from his wide array of life and music experiences.

In an effort to further create an impact on the music scene, Wallace also curates and books music at music venues and for different series in and around NYC. He is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He leads the Corey Wallace DUBtet - a group dedicated to creativity and integrity in Black American Music and beyond- and makes a living freelancing.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, where he studied with Mark L. Lusk and Dan Yoder and performed in ensembles under wind ensemble director Dennis Glocke and conductor Geraldo Edelstein. He also earned a master’s degree from Towson University in Jazz/Commercial Music, where he studied with artist/jazz educator/ former lead trombonist of the US Army Jazz Ambassadors Jim McFalls.


  • M.M., Jazz/Commercial Music,Towson University

  • B.M., Pennsylvania State University