13 Facts About Wallace Roney


Wallace Roney has won 1 Grammy award and has two nominations.


Wallace Roney credited Davis as having helped to challenge and shape his creative approach to life as well as being his music instructor, mentor, and friend; he was the only trumpet player Davis personally mentored.


Wallace Roney attended Howard University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, after graduating from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts of the DC Public Schools, where he studied trumpet with Langston Fitzgerald of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


Wallace Roney studied with trumpeter Sigmund Hering of the Philadelphia Orchestra for three years.


When he entered the Duke Ellington School, Roney had already made his recording debut at age 15 with Nation and Haki R Madhubuti, and at that time met, among others, Bill Hardman, Valery Ponomarev, Woody Shaw, Johnny Coles and Freddie Hubbard.


Wallace Roney played with the Cedar Walton Quartet featuring Billy Higgins, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones at 16 years of age with the encouragement of his high school teacher.


Wallace Roney attained distinction as a gifted local performer in the Washington, DCarea.


In 1979 and 1980, Wallace Roney won the DownBeat Award for Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and in 1989 and 1990 the DownBeat Magazine's Critic's Poll for Best Trumpeter to Watch.


In 1991, Wallace Roney played with Davis at the Montreux Jazz Festival.


Wallace Roney recorded his debut album as a leader, Verses, on Muse Records in 1987.


Wallace Roney was the son of Wallace Roney, US Marshal and President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 102, grandson of Philadelphia musician Roosevelt Sherman, and older brother of tenor and soprano saxophonist Antoine Roney.


In 1995, Wallace Roney married pianist Geri Allen, with whom he had two daughters and a son.


Wallace Roney died at the age of 59 on March 31,2020, at St Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.