Wallace Roney

  • Wallace Roney was born May 25th, 1960 in Philadelphia, PA. 
  • He began studying music at the age of 5 learning  rhythmic dictation and sight-reading.
  • He started playing the trumpet at the age of 6, and was identified as a prodigy. 
  • At age 7, he was awarded a scholarship to the Settlement School of Music. 
  • After receiving lessons from Sigmund Herring, at 12 years old he became the youngest member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 
  • He then went on to study in DC at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • Later on he went to study under Dizzy Gillespie and then Miles Davis, who was his idol
  • Miles asked Wallace to play with him on the Historic Miles at Montreux Concert. 
  • The concert was recorded and received a Grammy Award. 
  • After Miles’ death, Wallace joined VSOP, which included Herbie Hancock and others. He won his second Grammy with this group. 
  • In ‘96, he joined Special Quintet with Chick Corea. 
  • In 1993, Wallace formed his own group while still playing with others 
  • Unfortunately, Wallace passed away March 31st, 2020. He was 59 years old. He suffered from COVID-19 complications
  • Before passing, Wallace lead his band and continued to add to the jazz music legacy 
  • With songs like “Blue In Green” and “Smooch”, Wallace showcased his unique solo sound and skills. 
  • His latest project called Blue Dawn-Blue Nights released in 2019  to great ratings
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