Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Wallace Roney kicks off an European tour
This tour follows the summer release of his latest album Blue Dawn - Blue Nights (HighNote Records). On his twenty-second recording as a leader, the Philadelphia-born trumpeter and bandleader is thrilled to be leading his band with the next generation jazz innovators: saxophonist Emilio Modeste, pianist Oscar Williams II, bassist Paul Cuffari, and his fifteen year old nephew, drummer Kojo Odu Roney. On Blue Dawn - Blue Nights, Roney is the icon to these up-and-comers and he augments this band by enlisting Philly guitarist Quintin Zoto and legendary drummer Lenny White.
"Wallace Roney's eighth album for the HighNote label, 2019's Blue Dawn-Blue Nights, finds the trumpeter collaborating with a cadre of young lions and balancing dusky after-hours warmth and propulsive post-bop modalism."
- Matt Collar, All Music (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
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World-renowned Trumpeter Wallace Roney Kicks Off International Fall/Winter Tour
Following the summer release of his latest album Blue Dawn – Blue Nights
Following the HighNote Records release of his twenty-second recording as a leader, Blue Dawn-Blue Nights, internationally-revered trumpeter Wallace Roney is excited to embark upon an extensive fall/winter tour which will see him perform in eight cities across Europe! Enlisting a line-up which combines contemporary jazz trailblazers with some of the genre’s elite, Roney will be joined throughout this tour by saxophonists Emilio Modeste and Gary Bartz, pianist Oscar Williams II, bassists Paul Cuffari and Curtis Lundy and drummers Eric Allen and Malick Koly. The group will appear in Germany, Spain, France and Romania.
The Wallace Roney Quintet will set their European string of dates into motion by taking to the Jazzkeller stage at Mautner Castle, Burghausen, Germany on Saturday, November 9th. Set: 8pm-10pm. Tickets/more info can be found here. Jazzforum Bayreuth will host Roney’s second German show of the tour on Sunday November 10th. The trumpeter will perform at Becher Hall as part of the annual Jazz November Festival, taking to the stage at 7:30pm. For this performance, Roney will be joined by Emilio Modeste on saxophone, Oscar Williams II on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass and Eric Allen on drums. Tickets/more info.
On Tuesday, November 12th, the band will make their way to Spain for the first of two appearances across the country. Madrid’s Sala Clamores Jazz Club will welcome Roney for an 8:30pm performance. For this show, the trumpeter will be joined by Emilio Modeste on saxophone, Oscar Williams on piano, Paul Cuffari on bass and Malick Koly on drums – tickets/more info. On Wednesday, November 13th, this same line-up will play a 9pm performance at Teatro Lopez de Ayala, Badajoz. Tickets/more info can be found here.
On Friday November 15th, Roney will kick off his four-night stay in France, with an 8pm performance at Opéra de Limoges, located at 48 Rue Jean Jaures, 87000 Limoges. Tickets/more info. Roney will be joined by Emilio Modeste, Oscar Williams, Curtis Lundy and Eric Allen. Chateaubriand Theater, Saint-Malo, France – in association with La Fabrique à Concert – will proudly host Roney on Saturday, November 16th at 9pm. Tickets/more info. The band will finish their stay in France with two nights of performances in the country’s capital city. On November 22nd & 23rd, Roney will play Sunset/Sunside, located at 60 Rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris. While the Friday night will see the quintet play one set at 9:30pm, Saturday will feature sets at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. For these two performances, Malick Koly will take Eric Allen’s place behind the kit. Tickets and more info can be found here. Wallace Roney will close this extensive European tour with a November 24th appearance at Sala Radio, located at Strada General H. M. Berthelot 60-64, Bucharest, Romania, as part of Jazz Up! Festival. For this performance, Roney will be joined by Gary Bartz on saxophone, Oscar Williams on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass and Eric Allen on drums.
2020 will see Roney perform at The Velvet Note, Atlanta, GA; Blues Alley, DC; University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI; South Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia, PA; Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA & Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA – more on these dates soon!
On Blue Dawn – Blue Nights, the Philadelphia-born musician is thrilled to be leading his band with the next generation jazz innovators. With exceptional sterling sound by engineer Maureen Sickler at the board of Rudy Van Gelder’s legendary New Jersey studio, the leader’s bold and bravura trumpet tones, are as vivid and vibrant as ever, with a resonance as riveting as it is radiant, buoyed by the dancing and dynamic drumming of Kojo and White, Cuffari’s bone-deep bass lines, Williams’ poetic and profound pianism, Zoto’s lean guitar lines and Modeste speaking no evil on sax.
On this eight-track collection, Roney made a conscious decision not to include any of his own compositions. Reflecting upon the track selection for the album, the bandleader wanted to “give the guys a forum to write and make a statement. I’ve always done that. They come up with something, and I might say, ‘let’s go here, or do this here.’ And by showing them certain things, it extends their knowledge of what can be done musically. And that’s what I do!” Indeed, Wallace Roney proves that being true always make the best leaders.
Wallace Roney has been a significant force on the scene ever since he emerged at Ali’s Alley at the age of sixteen with Philly Joe Jones. Roney has been featured on some impressive work with McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, and Ornette Coleman. Roney has secured a place in jazz history as a member of VSOP. As a member of Tony Williams Quintet, Wallace took on the responsibility of infusing the band with his fire and innovativeness and won the attention of his idol, Miles Davis. His long-standing association with the jazz icon culminated in the recording of the Grammy award-winning, Quincy Jones-conducted, Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux.
“I was fortunate to have learned from Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Art Blakey and Dizzy [Gillespie],” Roney says. “Horace Silver was another important person in my life who rarely gets the credit he is due and there was Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and Clark Terry.”
Derived from liner notes by Eugene Holley, Jr. (DownBeat, Publishers Weekly, Hot House, Chamber Music)
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Sat. Nov. 9th
Jazzkeller, Mautner Castle
Sun. Nov. 10th
Becher Hall, Jazz November Festival
Tues. Nov. 12th
Sala Clamores Jazz Club
Wed. Nov. 13th
Teatro Lopez de Ayala
Fri. Nov. 15th
Opéra de Limoges
Sat. Nov. 16th
Fri. & Sat. Nov 22nd & 23rd
9:30pm; 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Sun. Nov. 24th
Sala Radio -
Jazz Up! Festival