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Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney is from Philadelphia, PA, born May 25, 1960. He began his musical studies at the age of five, learning rhythmic dictation and sight-reading. He began playing the trumpet at age six. He was identified as a prodigy and was awarded a scholarship to the Settlement School of Music at the age of seven. It is there that Wallace received private trumpet lesson with Sigmund Herring at the age of ten. As a child prodigy, by the age of 12 Wallace became the youngest member of the Philadelphia brass ensemble which was comprised of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

During his affiliation with the brass ensemble Wallace met jazz great Clark Terry who became a major influence, teacher, mentor and friend. Clark Terry taught him more about the trumpet than previous classical trumpet teachers had. He taught him technique, articulation and breath control. Clark Terry was the first of Wallace's three greatest mentors.

Wallace's moved to Washington, DC where he attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. While at Ellington he studied the trumpet with Langston Fitzgerald, trumpeter with the Baltimore Symphony. Fitz, as he was fondly called by Wallace, taught him to strive for excellence in spite of obstacles.

Wallace sat in with Art Blakey's band at the age of 15 and was offered the job to replace trumpeter Bill Hardman. A car accident that happened the day after he was offered the gig caused Wallace's father not to let him take the job. Wallace did, however, continue to sit in with a lot of great musicians including Cedar Walton, Sam Jones and Billy Higgins all of which led to Wallace playing several gigs with Cedar Walton.

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Date Detail Price
Apr25Thu
Wallace Roney Quintet
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY
$17.5
May24Fri
Wallace Roney Quintet
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
May24Fri
Wallace Roney Quintet
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
May25Sat
Wallace Roney Quintet
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
May25Sat
Wallace Roney Quintet
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Jun9Sun
Wallace Roney
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre At Symphony Space
New York, NY

Discography

Understanding

Understanding

HighNote Records
2013

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Muse Records
2012

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If Only for One Night

If Only for One Night

HighNote Records
2010

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Jazz

Jazz

HighNote Records
2008

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Jazz

Jazz

HighNote Records
2007

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Mystikal

Mystikal

HighNote Records
2005

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