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Wallace Roney: The Man With the Golden Horn

Wallace Roney
Wallace Roney (photo: John Abbott)

“I’m gonna tape this too.” Wallace Roney wasn’t kidding: he placed his tape machine between us and hit “record,” determined to keep his own file of our conversation in the den of his Montclair, New Jersey home. The 44-year-old trumpeter is intensely wary of misrepresentation, and he is happy to provide specifics of journalists’ past wrongs. His distrust, though perhaps warranted, is unnerving.

But in time his surliness fades.

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David R. Adler

David R. Adler writes about jazz and assorted topics. His work has appeared in JazzTimes, NPR Music,, The Philadelphia InquirerThe Village Voice, DownBeat, Time Out New York, and many other publications. From 2010-2017 he taught jazz history at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College-CUNY). In summer 2017, after 30 years in New York (apart from two in Philadelphia), David relocated with his family to Athens, Georgia. There he continues to write about music and perform solo as a guitarist/vocalist.