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Exploring America's Classical Music with Wallace Roney

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This is a rare opportunity to see 3 time grammy award winning Wallace Roney live at a venue that has hosted Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ramsey Lewis and countless others. Many of you who are jazz enthusiasts know that Wallace is the only trumpet player who was personally chosen by Miles Davis as a mentee because of his respect for his talent and skill. This engagement at the Bohemian Caverns is an excellent chance to celebrate the lights being turned on again with a revitalized “U” Street. It is also a chance for our type “A” friends to spend a fun evening on U Street with others enjoying this rich uniquely American Treasure… jazz. Heralded as an "improviser who loves complicated almost mathematical lines and who performs with catlike grace" by the New York Times, trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wallace Roney is one of the most exciting and innovative musicians on the creative music scene. His consummate artistry and eagerness to explore and transcend musical boundaries has led him to collaborate with such diverse musicians as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Carole King, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Prince, Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell, among numerous others~~~Julie Muller Stahl Wallace has kept alive the tradition of nurturing young and talented musicians as key components in his working band. His current configuration has Rashaan Carter on bass, Aruan Ortiz on piano, and 17 year old Kush Abadey on drums. With Wallace and his brother Antoine on Tenor, Soprano and Bass Clarinet, the infusion of new blood has synergized into an incendiary unit, taking the eclectic Roney Quintet repertoire to fiery heights of intensity, and eloquent, poignant expressions of virtuosity.