Wallace Roney is one of those elder statesmen of the trumpet that still gets up on the bandstand week after week and proves to audiences night after night why we pair his name with such respect. Roney takes the idea of innovation in music very seriously and as we prepare for his run at Smalls Jazz Club this week, we’re taking a look at some words of wisdom that Mr. Roney has shared with us in the past.
On Saturday, January 19th, the legendary jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney will grace the stage at Ginny’s Supper Club with his hard-hitting Jazz Quintet. Having played in the historic Tony Williams band, as well as with master drummers Art Blakey and Elvin Jones, Wallace is a virtuoso who apprenticed under Miles Davis.
With the Lee Morgan Story taking on new life this past week at Le Poisson Rouge, we’ve got some new insight into the project and a collection of great video and photos from the historic night that saw legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney take the stage in tribute to the late Lee Morgan. Originally brought to us by the dynamic duo of Ben Williams and John Robinson, the night also featured Marc Cary on keys, Justin Brown on drums, Leron Thomas on trumpet, and Raydar Ellis (DJ/Emcee).
We know this week has passed you by too quickly and so we planned ahead and made you this week’s roundup! Here is what you missed…
Wallace Roney is having a career that many jazz musicians would envy. He is the protégé of Miles Davis and played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, but has worked hard to create his own sound. As a young musician coming up in Manhattan, Roney maintained a growing reputation on the trumpet, though he didn’t even own one of his own at the time. After playing a tribute to his Miles Davis, Roney got the chance of a lifetime to meet his idol who proceeded to give him a trumpet of his own. He recently shared his thoughts with The Revivalist on his mentors, where jazz has been and where he thinks it could go.
This weekend saw jazz fans converge on downtown Manhattan for what could be the most unpretentious, unassuming, realistic glimpse at some of the pioneers of the modern jazz scene. Forget the sit-down venues with unrealistic cover charges and the maître d’s who demand an unrealistic ambiance of clap-clap silence. The Winter JazzFest, presented by Boom Collective and Search & Restore, allowed for an array of artists, both well-known and up-and-coming, to be featured in a setting more conducive to spreading the life and energy of modern jazz.
Why did we choose Bitches Brew for the first “Issue?” When one of our brethrens at Revive was asked to sit on the panel at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon Week by the Miles Davis Estate to talk about the intersections between jazz and hip-hop and how it relates to Bitches Brew, we jumped out of our seats and said “yes, yes!” At last there was a camp, the Miles Davis Estate, that like ours, valued progressive jazz music beyond the confines of strict genre assignments. We respected what the estate was doing, connecting with young cats in different areas of popular culture, and outside of academic jazz circles, to revitalize the legacy of Miles Davis—and not just Miles Davis—but the eras of music that can be connected directly back to his influence.
Wallace Roney has played with more legendary bands in more venues than is worth counting at this point. His legacy is undeniable; his sound unmistakable. Yet, what makes his residency at Dominion NY so special is not the iconic trumpet leader at all. Instead audiences are able to experience the generations of jazz eclipsing into one show before their very eyes. More often than not Roney begins a song with the authority on trumpet that made him one of the most sought after trumpet players in the world performing with the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Tony Williams, and even Davis’s Second Great Quintet in memoriam of Davis, Roney’s mentor. Yet, after appeasing the audience’s hooting and hollering, Wallace takes a back seat, standing behind his talented group of up and coming jazz greats, glowing with an unforgettable smile of satisfaction.
Wallace Roney: Legend of jazz, trumpet master, bandleader extraordinaire. And now, host of a three-week series presented by Revive Da Live. We are excited to announce Wallace Roney’s residency at Dominion NY this for our Autumn Suite fall series. The residency will feature Roney’s band every Wednesday night with an opening act of emerging artists, as well as an exciting—and top-secret—roster of legendary guests in a historic exchange of live music. Opening bands will consist of Gerald Clayton Duo, Orrin Evans Quartet and EJ Strickland Quintet.
he historic Minton’s Playhouse, arguable the venue that gave birth to bebop, is reopening its doors for a one night only event brought to you by the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival in conjunction with Revive Music Group. Bringing together legendary, emerging and established musicians to reinvigorate the spirit of jazz tradition that forged Minton’s legacy, the Revive Da Live: Late Night Jam at Minton’s Playhouse led by Greg Osby with special guests will be a historic evening. The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival is a combined effort by the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, and Jazzmobile to reinvigorate Harlem’s jazz tradition by sparking the energy that enlightened the world for much of the early 20th Century.