Trumpeter Wallace Roney has lots to be happy about. His latest HighNote Records release "If Only For One Night" is for the romantics at heart. Roney's cover of the late Luther Vandross's signature record is one of many songs that inspired him to make a change musically for this new disc.The Philadelphia native has been making a niche in jazz music for well over 30 years. The hard bop and post-bop trumpeter was an astute student of the music as a child. His father bought him his first horn and later studied with legendary musicians like Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Miles Davis. Wallace's presence was going to set the jazz world on fire when Downbeat Magazine awarded him the award for Best Young Jazz Musician in 1979 and 1980.But the awards came at a time in New York when the club scene was few and sparse. But Wallace didn't let the rough times hold him back. Her persevered and began getting steady work and recognition for his music. It was in 1986 when musicians Tony Williams and Art Blakey catapulted his career. From that point Wallace became the most requested and in-demand musician as well as a successful leader. Wallace Roney is currently on the road. For information on upcoming tour dates visit him on the web at wallaceroney.commoreless
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