CAMERON WALLIS BIO

 

Photo of Cameron Wallis

Photo by Randy Cole

 

Cameron Wallis first arrived in Montreal in 1997, directly out of high school from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger who has recently released Calling Dexter, his debut quartet jazz  album.  Calling Dexter revitalizes 50ʼs & 60ʻs-era jazz sensibilities – fervency, swing, and panache.Cameron is one of his generation’s most unique and highly regarded performers.  His evocative sound, versatility, and gift for melody have made him a fan favourite, and the go-to horn player for top jazz vocalists, including Susie Arioli and Sophie Milman.

He continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists in all  genres.  A  short list of collaborators  includes Randy Bachman, Jean Leloup,  Nikki Yanofsky, Marc Hervieux,  Vic Vogel, The Art of Time Ensemble, and the  Christine  Jensen Jazz Orchestra.

Cameron has won numerous awards for his performance and compositional skills .

Education

Cameron has earned the degree Master of Music in jazz performance at McGill University, graduating with high distinction.

Sophie Milman

Wallis  is  perhaps  best  known  for  his  four  year  tenure  as  musical director  and  arranger  for  Toronto  vocalist  Sophie  Milman.  He  wrote  all  the Milman arrangements and contributed the original Reste (Stay) to her 2007 release  Make  Someone  Happy,  which earned a JUNO award  for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

OneUpOneDown

As  co-founder  of  the  group  OneUpOneDown,  Cameron  has  released  two critically  acclaimed  CDs  Preface  (2005)  and  Straight  to  Plan  B  (2007).

Chateauguay Tenors

In 2010  he  formed  the  wildly  popular  saxophone  showcase  band  The Chateauguay  Tenors  which  has  gathered  an  international  following through film  maker  Randy  Coleʼs  ongoing  internet  documentary  Jazz,  Period.  They recently  finished  a  sold  out  invitational  concert  series  in  Montreal  that included Kind  of Blue  alumnus Jimmy Cobb and baritone saxophone  virtuoso Gary Smulyan.

Susie Arioli Band

Recently  Cameron  has  become  an  integral  member  of  the  Susie  Arioli  band, performing  and  arranging  on  her  latest  release  All  The  Way,  on  Spectra Musique.

Touring

Cameron has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada,  Europe, Israel, Russia,  Mexico,  and Asia, and  has performed in some of the worlds most prestigious venues, including Blue Note Jazz  Clubs  in  NYC  and  Japan,  Torontoʼs  Massey  Hall,  and  the  legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.