Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney


The only trumpet player actually mentored by Miles Davis


Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Jay McShann, David Murray, and McCoy Tyner; as well as a featured as a soloist with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie, to name a few. He was one of the most popular jazz sidemen in the music industry early into his professional career and is one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. He is continuing his push to develop new concepts in jazz and is considered one of the leaders in the future movement of jazz music.

Wallace began studying the trumpet and music theory at age five. When he entered the Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts, he had already made his recording debut at age 14, and had attained distinction as a gifted local performer. In 1979 and again in 1980, Mr. Roney won Down Beat's Award for Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Between studies at Berklee College of Music and Howard University, he played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before departing to perform as a leading sideman. In 1987, he began new fruitful associations with both Art Blakey's and Tony Williams's bands. In 1989, and again in 1990, Wallace won Down Beat Magazine's Critic's Poll for Best Trumpeter to Watch. Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.

Since then, Wallace has led his own ensembles in live performance and in recordings for Muse, Warner Brothers, Concord/Stretch, and now with HighNote Records.

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