The Wallace Roney Group will perform Sunday Aug 30 at The Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center at 7 PM for the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival.
Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.
Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.
The Village of Warwick Concert Series will present Jason Miles / Ingrid Jensen on Saturday Aug 29, with a special show by The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, earlier at Pine Island Park. Both , supporting venues for this year's Hudson Valley Jazz Festival.
Opening night features The Jeff Ciampa Latin Group at Warwick's Landmark Inn and Robert Kopec Group at Christopher's Bistro in Chester.
Now into year 6, this festival promises to live up to it's potential as it expands to include newer local talent, venues and towns. New for this season includes Chester and New Paltz.
Full schedule and additional information at www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org