Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney ( born May 25, 1960 in Philadelphia ) is an American jazz trumpeter. Influenced by the early and mid Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham and also by Woody Shaw, he is the principal trumpeter of his generation, who stands in the tradition of Miles Davis. However, he has developed his own style, for example in terms of chromaticism.

Life and work

Roney, whose father is an amateur drummer, tried by the age of four on the trumpet, but first received piano lessons before he was taught at age nine by Sigmund Haring by the Philadelphia Orchestra on trumpet. Before he attended the Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts, he had already recorded his first recordings at the age of fourteen. He then studied at the Berklee College of Music and Howard University. In 1979 he went with Abdullah Ibrahim (1979) and then chatted with day jobs afloat. Before Miles Davis gave him one of his instruments, he practiced on a borrowed trumpet. From 1980 to 1982 he served first to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, for which he returned three times, in 1987 to serve as musical director.

In the next few years he worked in the groups of McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Philly Joe Jones, Chico Freeman, Elvin Jones, Ricky Ford, Cindy Blackman and Tony Williams. From 1987 he led his own bands; he played with the drummers Marvin Smitty Smith and Cody Moffett, pianist Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Randy Weston and the Finn Jarmo Savolainen and with Kenny Garrett, James Spaulding, Vincent Herring and Christopher Hollyday. In 1991 he participated in Miles Davis ' legendary performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival ( Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux ). Wallace, whose trumpet strongly resembles that of Davis, played in Montreux part of the solos. After the death of Miles Davis he made with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams, a commemorative tour; He also worked on the tribute album "Re - Birth of the Cool " with, which was led by Gerry Mulligan, and belonged to Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Band (1991).

Roney appeared as a sideman with musicians like Walter Davis Jr., Jay McShann, David Murray, and as a soloist with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 2001, he was with All Star formations to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea on tour. In the 40 years he has been involved in recordings on 250 recordings.

Roney is married to Geri Allen; together to hear they are, inter alia, on their album The Gathering. The drummer Antoine Roney is his younger brother.

Awards and prizes

1989 and 1980 years Roney won the Down Beat Competition for Best College Jazz Instrumentalist; 1989 and 1990 Wallace won the Downbeat Kritikerpoll as a trumpeter who deserve more attention. In 1995 he received a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental performance for A Tribute to Miles by Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Verse ( Muse, 1987) with Gary Thomas, Mulgrew Miller, Charnett Moffett, Tony Williams
  • Intuition ( 1988) with Gary Thomas, Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, Cindy Blackman
  • The Standard Bearer ( 1989) with Gary Thomas, Mulgrew Miller, Charnett Moffett, Cindy Blackman, Steve Berrios
  • What's New (1991 ) with Marc Cohen, Charnett Moffett, Cindy Blackman, 1989
  • Obsession ( Muse, 1990) with Gary Thomas, Donald Brown, Christian McBride, Cindy Blackman
  • Seth Air ( Muse, 1991) with Antoine Roney, Jacky Terrasson, Peter Washington, Eric Allen
  • Munchin ' with Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Christian McBride, Kenny Washington, 1993
  • Crunchin ' with Antonio Hart, Geri Allen, Ron Carter, Kenny Washington, 1993
  • Misterios with Antoine Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Clarence Seay, Eric Allen, Steve Berrios, Steve Thornton, Valtinho Anastacio, Gil Goldstein, 1994
  • Wallace Roney Quintet with Antoine Roney, Carlos McKinney, Clarence Seay, Eric Allen, 1995
  • Village with Antoine Roney, Chick Corea, Geri Allen, Clarence Seay, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Pharoah Sanders, Robert Irving III, Steve Berrios, 1996
  • No Room For Argument ( Stretch, 2001) with Geri Allen, Buster Williams, Lenny White
  • Prototype ( High Note, 2004) with Antoine Roney, Don Byron, Clifton Anderson, Geri Allen, Adam Holzman, Matt Garrison, Eric Allen, DJ Logic
  • Mystikal ( High Note, 2005) with Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Adam Holzman, Matt Garrison, Eric Allen, Bobby Thomas Jr., Val Jeanty
  • Jazz ( High Note, 2007) with Antoine Roney, Geri Allen, Robert Irving III, DJ Axum, Rashaan Carter, Eric Allen, Bobby Thomas Jr., Val Jeanty

Lexigraphic entries

  • Martin Kunzler, Jazz Encyclopedia Vol 2 Reinbek 2002; ISBN 3-499-16513-9