Grammy Award-winning trumpeter/composer Wallace Roney joins host Bonnie Johnson for an exploration of his musical journey. In a recording career that began at age 14, the highly regarded protégé was influenced by his mentor Miles Davis, took lessons from legends Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie and played as side-man in bands such as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the Tony Williams' Quintet. Over the years Roney has accompanied a multitude of artists including his younger brother Antoine Roney, Sonny Rollins, Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen and more. He lights up when talking about jazz, bringing along up and coming artists on his 2013 release Understanding. Saxophonist Wayne Shorter once described Roney as a "musical astronaut". Today, having played Jazz Standard in 2013 and Winter JazzFest 2014 in New York City, the trumpeter is planning to take Shorter's gift of a long-lost composition entitled "Universe" to the world on tour with The Wallace Roney Orchestra. Tune in at 4pm.
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