|Tags:||jazz trumpet post-bop fusion jazz|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
25 May 1960, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Roney began playing trumpet at the age of seven and six years later was given some informal but invaluable tuition by Clark Terry. Later he studied briefly at both Howard University and Berklee College Of Music. In 1981 he was hired by Art Blakey and during the 80s he also met Miles Davis, whom he greatly admired, but did not have the chance to play with him until 1991, a few months before Davis death. His recording career has included appearances with Tony Williams, Dizzy Gillespie and Gerry Mulligan. From the late 80s and on into the new millennium he has made several well-received albums as leader. A fluent, melodic improviser, Roneys playing consistently displays imagination and it is self-evident why his fellow musicians hold him in such high regard, even if his critics accuse him of imitating Davis too closely.
After a spell with a major record label Roney became disenchanted...