Legendary jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney died at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, Tuesday due to complications from coronavirus, according to this publicist. He was 59.
“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,” publicist Lydia Liebman confirmed to CNN in a news release.
“The family is looking to have a memorial service to honor Wallace and his musical contributions once this pandemic has passed. Please respect their privacy at this time.”
We are devastated that our brother trumpeter Wallace Roney passed away today due to complications from Covid-19. Wallace was a global life force in the jazz community. He played with Miles at the historic Montreux concert directed by Quincy Jones. (1/2)
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— Miles Davis (@milesdavis) March 31, 2020
A tweet on Jazz legend Miles Davis’ official Twitter account said, “Wallace was a global life force in the jazz community. He played with Miles at the historic Montreux concert directed by Quincy Jones … He was loved and mentored by Miles. We will miss you Wally. We love you. Peaceful journey.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York reacted to the news in a tweet: “With great sadness, we learned today of the passing of singular trumpeter Wallace Roney. A former mentee of icons like Miles Davis and Clark Terry, Roney has long since carved out his own reputation as a true modern great. He will be missed dearly.”