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The best kept secret in music


"Current Press Binder"

Wallace Roney's current press binder can be downloaded at:

http://www.wallaceroney.com/currentbinder.pdf - Various

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"Press Summary"


¡§Chris Botti's horn playing was a little disappointing after hearing Wallace Roney on the
same stage two nights ago.¡¨
Roger Friedman, Fox News ¡V March 16, 2006

¡§Wallace Roney is the King of NeoBop¡¨ Bonnie Grice, WDUQ, 90.5FM NY

¡§It¡¦s a new millennium and the players of today are morphing the music to higher heights and expanding the boundaries of jazz music to the outer limits while still keeping tradition alive. The Wallace Roney band is an exciting ride into the present and the future. Catch them when you can!¡¨
LeRoy Downs ¡V JazzCat.com 12/2005

¡§But the true contemporary aspects of the music traced beyond turntables and synthesizers to a broader conceptualization of 21st century jazz, in which each lengthy piece was a virtual platform for unfettered soloing, with ensemble
passages serving primarily as bridging and connective links. That meant plenty of space for the Roney brothers to stretch out improvisationally. Wallace was particularly impressive, spinning through the faster numbers with explosive streams of notes,
and engaging the evening's sole ballad number with affecting lyricism.¡¨
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times October 21, 2005

¡§I had only heard of Wallace Roney thanks a friend loaning me a copy of his funky album Village. Two years later his name pops up on Soho's schedule and my jazz radar goes on red alert. Discouraged at first by the $25 ticket price, I
persevered knowing it would be worth it. What I couldn't foresee was that I was in store for the finest jazz performance of my life¡KI could fill pages with superlatives in attempts to convey the power, virtuosity, and precision of each musician and the songs they played. For now I'll just let those thoughts fly through my head. Wallace Roney and his band are out there, carrying the torch for the greats of jazz history, ready to blow your mind if you should be so lucky to find them playing your local spot.¡¨
Tyler Blue ¡V Jambase.com October 2005

¡§As Roney¡¦s concept becomes more eclectic, it paradoxically becomes more focused. Mystikal continues his path towards combining past and present--with, most importantly, a clear eye on the future.¡¨
John Kelman ¡V All About Jazz November 2005

¡§This amazing trumpet player blends the bebop tendencies of the
Parker/Dizzy era with the more contemporary Miles Davis jazz-fusion sound, and he's one of few leaders to include a turntable player in his band¡KIn fact, it was the work of turntablist Val Jeanty that most impressed at Roney¡¦s recent appearance at Joe¡¦s Pub on September 30. She complemented the band¡¦s sound with several effects, such as spacey sounds and spoken word samples. This instrument, mostly connected to
the realm of hip-hop, seemed to fit into the group seamlessly.¡¨
Ernest Barteldes ¡V All About Jazz ¡V January 2006

¡§The hush on stage at Joe¡¦s Pub was circumvented with the squeal of brass. Its piercing shrill evolved into a cacophony of instruments screaming, wailing, writhing, throbbing, breaching the silence with a language and tonality that took on a musical expression all its own. It had an intelligence that created and recreated itself while giving order to chaos. The Wallace Roney Band was playing pure jazz¡KHarmonies emerged touching levels of vibrations too high to be discerned by mind, understood only at the heart level. As the melodies, harmonies and vibrations crescendo and converged without restraint, it was reborn and sought to be free. Once released, it merely stopped, leaving behind the power of its expression with all in the room. This was the music of Wallace Roney.¡¨
Deardra Shuler ¡V The Black World Today ¡V October 2005

¡§Wallace Roney has been around for years. He has an extensive catalog as a leader and sideman. Despite his performance resume, his name is often omitted in conversations with my musician friends. Names like Dave Douglas, Roy Hargrove, and of course Mr. Marsalis, are the common trumpeters mentioned in discussions among brass players. The facts are that Wallace Roney may be the only trumpeter around making improvised music sound current in modern times. His current recording, Mystikal captures the very essence of jazz in a modern setting.¡¨
Antonio Aday ¡V Jazz Improv Magazine ¡V Volume 6, Issue 2 2005

Wallace Roney Sextet at the Green Mill, Chicago ¡§On the second night of a two-day stand at Chicago¡¦s Green Mill, trumpeter Wallace Roney blended acoustic postbop and electronic groove over three deeply satisfying sets.

It¡¦s not as if this sort of stylistic synthesis is unheard of these days, but it was notable on just how successful Roney¡¦s synthesis has become. Roney was accompanied by his sextet of brother Antoine Roney on tenor and soprano sax, Clarence Seay on acoustic
bass, Eric Allen on drums, Robert Irving III on acoustic piano and Yamaha Motif synth, and DJ Val Jeanty on turntables. The group was profoundly tight, attuned and,
- www.wallaceroney.com/currentbinder.pdf




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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.

For more information visit website: www.wallaceroney.com

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