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Exodus to Jazz starts its 2012-2013 season Saturday with the Wallace Roney Septet

Kicking off the exciting and diverse 2012-2013 lineup of the Exodus to Jazz concert series is trumpeter Wallace Roney with his septet on Saturday, September 8th at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation at 8:00 pm (see the 411 below for more details or the Exodus to Jazz website).

Wallace Roney imageWallace Roney established himself in the mid-1980s, succeeding Terence Blanchard in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1986. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was an integral part of Tony Williams's quintet. In 1991, Roney played with Miles Davis at the Montreux Jazz Festival and after Davis's death that year, toured in memorial tour with former Miles collaborators Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Williams and recorded with them the Grammy-winning Tribute to Miles record. Roney has worked with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Jay McShann, David Murray and McCoy Tyner, as well as appearing as a featured soloist with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Dizzy Gillespie. He won the 1990 Downbeat Critic's Poll as Best Rising New Trumpeter. 

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Wallace Roney learned much of his craft directly Miles Davis, studying with him from 1985 through his death in 1991. Roney is capable of a perfect imitation of Davis, fooling seasoned jazz listeners andcritics have taken him sounding too similar. However, Roney has his own sound and relationship with the music. As critic Ron Wynn wrote in Rovi, "[Roney's] trumpet tone, timbre, approach, phrasing, and sound so closely mirror that of Miles Davis in his pre-jazz/rock phase that he's been savaged in many places for being a clone and unrepentant imitator... It's a classic no-win situation; he does sound tremendously like Davis and can't be completely absolved from critical charges of imitation. But he's also a fine, evocative player on ballads and can be fiery and explosive on up-tempo tunes."  His albums are fully within the hard bop/post-bop tradition, but he mixes a lot of other influences in as well.  Now recording for the HighNote label, Roney's most recent CD is Home (affliate link).

Here's the 411 on the concert:
  • Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut St., Rochester, NY 14604
  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 8th, 8:00 pm, doors at 7:00 PM. Concert will be two one-hour sets with a 20-minute intermission.
  • Tickets: Advanced Sales: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25. At the Door: Patron - $42; Premium - $32; General Admission - $27. Advance sales tickets can be bought at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse) and online at Brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.

Found a few videos for you to check out, including a short documentary with Dr. Billy Taylor discussing Roney, Roney with some students in May of this year, one from 1994 Warsaw concert with his quintet (including Roney's younger brother Antoine and now ex-wife pianist Geri Allen), and another from the Miles tribute band's tour in 1996:







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