Wallace primarily plays trombone, picking it up when he was in the sixth grade because it looked easy.
"I was never so wrong," he said. "You have to get the right position with the slide or the note is sharp or flat."
Wallace writes music every day because he has to "stay in shape."
Wallace has produced or arranged music for Celine Dion, Santana, Pete Escovedo, John Lee Hooker and dozens more. He also teaches and is on staff at San Jose State University.
He really believes in mentoring young people, providing guidance and hope for them. It is the kind of direction he got. Now he is giving back.
He in constantly working and on Wednesday he will take center stage with his group for a night of music at Yoshi's in San Francisco.
It is a benefit for Florence Crittenton Services, which provides after school programs for kids, job training and family services. It has been in business for 120 years and is one of the city's oldest non-profits.