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Notes That Sing: Hear Wallace Roney's Recent Visit to Salon Sessions with Sheila Anderson


Wallace Roney, who died on March 31 of complications from the coronavirus, paid a visit to Salon Sessions just last fall.


On the heels of his 22nd album, Blue Dawn-Blue Nights, Wallace spoke with me about his early years and some of the lessons he learned from master musicians: not only Miles Davis but also pianist Cedar Walton, trumpeter Woody Shaw, and drummers Art Blakey and Tony Williams.

Though one of his first New York gigs was with Walton (alongside Sam Jones, Billy Higgins and Bob Berg), his first recording happened with Haki R. Madhubuti & Nation at age 15. A lyrical musician, while playing with singers he wanted “his notes to sing.”

When I asked whether he had a tour planned with his new, young band, he replied: “I will tour to the end of my life.”

Sheila E. Anderson, whose moniker, “Queen of Hang,” is a mover and shaker in the world of art, most notably in jazz. Much focus is placed upon the artists and rightfully so, yet Ms. Anderson is feeding and affecting the scene in myriad ways. She has always taken on the challenges of creating opportunities for herself, developing formats that exist outside the box. In addition to being an on-air-host she is an author, a writer, emcee and moderator. In 1995, she was hired by WBGO, Newark, 88.3FM to host Sunday Morning Harmony, where she now hosts Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions and the Sunday Night Music Mix. Ms. Anderson has learned from the musicians whom she spins, "I feel as though radio programming should function much like a live performance. My best shows happen when I am feeling completely free to move with a certain flow and program according to my emotions," Ms. Anderson explains. These are not the words of some novice who just likes jazz music.