West Coast Tour 2015

February 22 Alvas Show Room, San Pedro, CA
March 28 Art Boutiki, San Jose, CA
Friday June 5, 7pm Ballard Jam House, Seattle, WA
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Saturday June 6, 9pm Christo’s, Salem, OR
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Welcome. If you don't know much about me, well……. I'm a drummer, band leader and composer with 9 CDs of my compositions out to date.. I am also a sideman to many wonderful artists in the SF Bay Area. And I am Music and Contributing Editor At Large for DRUM! Magazine. I am also a clinician and Summer Camp Director for San Jose Jazz and teach drums privately as well.

"Wally Schnalle fuses head and heart like few other musicians working today - making the abstract accessible, the complex communal, and delivering deep, soulful grooves with an effortlessness that belies their often fiercely technical foundations" Dave Constantin, DRUM! Magazine
"Fierce modern jazz chops.." Adam Budofsky , Modern Drummer
Lightning fast licks, sleight-of-hand stickwork or pummeling power displays—Wally Schnalle is capable of doing all those things and more. What sets him apart from the pack, however, is his unerring musicality, his ability to make his drums speak in multiple tongues—fluently. Most importantly, he is committed to musical growth.” Nicky Baxter, The Metro, San Jose, California
“Schnalle grooves with grit and grace.....Schnalle’s quartet is awesome.” Chuck Berg ,JazzTimes
“this is major league jazz played with verve, dedication and a whole lot of talent.” Dick Bogle, The Skanner, Seattle/Portland
“Sultry and seductive, these percussion based tunes are sly and tricky.” Babysue, Atlanta
“Schnalle is a serious force on drums. He plays with terrific energy and the kind of controlled abandon needed to propel his hard- driving compositions.” Joel Roberts
“Schnalle is a powerful drummer who can get in tight behind a soloist and enhance without getting in the way.”Robert Tate, JazzNow
“One of the few drummers that can drive around all sides of the beat.” The Davis Enterprise, Davis, California 

I endorse and use: Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, Vic Firth Sticks and Earthwork Microphones


Idiot Fish Critics 

The Critics are positive about the new Idiot Fish CD

"Ever wonder what would have happened if Josef Zawinul had teamed with  Pat Metheny instead of Wayne Shorter to form Weather Report? I think it would sound a lot like this hot album by drummer Wally Schnalle."
                        Greorge Harris, JazzWeekly
“Idiot Fish” is a dramatic assault on the outposts of fusion who many considered abandoned. In fact, fusion remains alive and kicking on this album with Schnalle and company kicking it hard. Schnalle knows how to write it and this band most assuredly knows how to play it.”
                        Travis Rogers, JazzTimes
“Wally Schnalle has created a new level of sound for the next generation, stunning!”
                        Brent Black,
“About as avant garde and creative as jazz gets”
                        Grady Harp,

Idiot Fish 

August 9, 2014

My Newest CD just came out! IDIOT FISH! Please go to and check out this project. I am very proud of this one.


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