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Wallace Roney


Trumpeter Wallace Roney has played with a "Who's Who" of jazz, including Tony Williams, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Sonny Rollins. He's also enriched the work of pop stars like Carole King and Joni Mitchell. But perhaps most important is his relationship with the late Miles Davis. After hearing Roney at a 1983 Carnegie Hall performance, Davis was so impressed that mentored the young player. Eight years later, at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Davis chose Roney to play some of his parts in a recreation of his early 1960's collaborations with Gil Evans. Now totally his own man, Roney plays superb straight-ahead jazz, but doesn't hesitate to cross over into funk and more.