Trumpeter Wallace Roney's recent High Note Records CD release, "documents a fierce and free-spirited postbop band." (New York Times)
"At a time when much of the Jazz world seems content to simply attempt to recreate the past, trumpeter/composer Wallace Roney follows the true Jazz tradition of utilizing the past to move forward." (All About Jazz)
The three-time Grammy Award winner has been highly acclaimed by fans, critics and his peers alike, and been nominated for numerous projects in which he was the featured performer and/or collaborator. Roney has been a key part of the band alongside artists such as Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie, to name a few. He was one of the few musicians of his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. His most integral and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis, who mentored Wallace after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance at Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis' death, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute. Hear for yourself what makes Roney stand out as a leader of his musical generation, as he brings his sextet to Birdland for this five-night engagement.