Jazz legend Wallace Roney dies from coronavirus complications

Wallace Roney At SummerStage
American jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney makes a guest appearance with the Ron Carter Foursight Quartet at the Blue Note Jazz Festival concert 'The Legends Honor McCoy--McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Roy Haynes' at Central Park SummerStage, New York, New York, August 4, 2016. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

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.”

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.”