Wallace Roney, Jazz Trumpeter, Dies From Coronavirus At 59 – Wallace Roney, Jazz trumpeter and composer died on Tuesday morning in a Paterson, N.J. hospital.
Wallace Roney, Jazz Trumpeter, Dies From Coronavirus At 59 | Wallace Roney Dies Of Coronavirus Complications:
Wallace Roney died Tuesday at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, publicist Lydia Liebman said in a statement.
The cause of Wallace Roney’s death was complications arising from COVID-19, according to his fiancée, Dawn Felice Jones.
Dawn Jones said Roney had been admitted to the hospital last Wednesday.
“I am saddened to confirm that the iconic trumpeter and jazz legend Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of COVID-19 this morning just before noon,” Roney’s publicist Lydia Liebman said.
“Working with Wallace was and will remain one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Liebman said. “It was an honor to represent him and to be part of his musical world. I cannot even begin to express how much I will miss him and his music.”
Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Wallace Roney Dead | Wallace Roney Died Of Complications From Coronavirus:
Born in Philadelphia on May 25, 1960, to Roberta Sherman, a homemaker, and Wallace Roney Jr., a U.S. Marshal and vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees, Wallace Roney garnered acclaim at a young age in the jazz world.
In 1979 and 1980, he won DownBeat magazine’s award for best young jazz musician of the year.
In 1986, Roney succeeded Terence Blanchard in Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Wallace Roney recorded his debut album as a leader, Verses, on Muse Records in 1987.
In 1991, Wallace Roney played with Miles Davis at the Montreux Jazz Festival concert in Switzerland.
Wallace Roney won a Grammy in 1994 for the album “A Tribute To Miles,” and was nominated for another in 1997.
A number of albums on Muse in the late 1980s and early ’90s — especially his 1987 debut, “Verses”, Warner Bros. Records and Concord Records/Stretch Records followed, and by the time Wallace Roney had been documented on over 250 audio recordings.
Roney’s two most recent albums are A Place in Time (HighNote 2016) and Blue Dawn – Blue Nights (HighNote 2019), which features his nephew, drummer Kojo Roney.
Wallace Roney married Geri Allen, a noted pianist.
Wallace Roney had two daughters and a son with Geri Allen.
Wallace Roney’s marriage to Geri Allen ended prior to her death in 2017.
Wallace Roney is survived by his sister — Crystal Roney, a brother — Antoine Roney, a saxophonist, two half sisters — April Petus and Marla Majett, a half brother – Michael Majett, a son — Wallace Vernell Roney, a trumpeter, and a daughter — Barbara Roney.
Very sad to hear the news that jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney has passed away due to complications from coronavirus. I am at a loss for words. RIP Wallace. pic.twitter.com/DQRMHTXj7H
— Danilo Pérez (@DaniloPerezJAZZ) March 31, 2020