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JOHNSON CITY – Legendary jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney will headline “Only for One Night,” East Tennessee State University’s Fall Jazz at the Culp concert, on Friday, Dec. 6.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium. Also performing will be ETSU alumnus Justin Stanton, the Jazz Doctors and the ETSU Jazz Ensemble.
Roney is known as an American “hard bop” and “post-bop” trumpeter. His “perfect pitch” was discovered when he was a four-year-old in Philadelphia, and he made his recording debut at the age of 14.
“Down Beat” magazine named him “Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year” in both 1979 and 1980, and a decade later, he won “Down Beat’s” Critics’ Poll for “Best Trumpeter to Watch.”
Since 1986, when he was asked to tour with drummers Tony Williams and Art Blakey, he has been one of the most noted players on the professional circuit. He has performed with such artists as Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Dizzy Gillespie.
Roney both studied and performed with legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. After Davis’ death in 1991, Roney toured in memory of his mentor with fellow Davis alumni Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Williams. This group recorded an album, “A Tribute to Miles,” for which they won a Grammy Award.
Stanton, a graduate of ETSU who went on to earn his master’s degree at the University of North Texas, just completed a world tour with his New York-based band, Snarky Puppy. The jazz trumpeter and pianist has also appeared recently with Gin Wigmore on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmie Kimmel Live,” “The Ellen Show” and “Good Morning America.”
The Jazz Doctors perform regularly at festivals, special events and a variety of venues throughout the region. Members include area musicians who have established careers as performing and recording artists.
The ETSU Jazz Ensemble is comprised of student musicians in the Jazz Studies area of the ETSU Department of Music. The group has performed numerous area festivals and venues, and its members have had the opportunity to appear on stage with such artists as Maynard Ferguson, Rufus Reid, Al Hood, Vaughn Nark, Ed Shaughnessy and many others.
The ETSU Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Doctors are led by Dr. David Champouillon, a Bach Trumpets Artist/Clinician and professor of trumpet and jazz studies in the ETSU Department of Music.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available by visiting www.etsu.edu/cas/music or calling the Department of Music at (423) 439-4276; tickets will also be sold at the door.
For more information, call the number above. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.
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