The Brown University Jazz Band, directed by Ed Tomassi, welcomes esteemed guest artist Wallace Roney for the 33rd Annual Eric Adam Brudner ’84 Memorial Concert. This performance takes place on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 8pm in Grant Recital Hall. Admission free and open to the public.
About Wallace Roney
Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.
Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.
About the Annual Eric Adam Brudner ’84 Memorial Concert
Eric Adam Brudner graduated in 1984 after distinguishing himself as one of the finest students to pass through the Department of Music in recent memory. Eric was a talented pianist and composer. He was the founder and president of an active Departmental Undergraduate Group that enlivened the department and contributed ideas for curricular and extracurricular programs that have had a continuing impact on our offerings. While still an undergraduate, Eric was a busy professional, playing jazz in local clubs and successfully teaching piano to dozens of fellow students. He was awarded the Buxtehude and Arlan Coolidge Prizes in music in his junior and senior years respectively. Eric was a favorite of faculty and students alike. He brightened our classes and our lives with his effervescent good humor and quick wit, and he touched our hearts with his music. These annual concerts are dedicated to the memory of our student, friend, and family member in celebration of his talent and aspirations.
The Brudner Memorial Concerts have become an important tradition at Brown. They began in 1988 with a concert featuring compositions by Brown students and visiting composers. Members of the Brown Jazz Band were well represented in the first three concerts. In the inaugural Brudner Concert, Dan Seiden’s Eyes can not was performed by Dan (who sang and played guitar) along with Jon Feinberg (drums) and Ethan Basch (bass). The second and third concerts included original compositions performed by The Jazz Tarboosh (Don Katz, saxophone, Jon Schapiro, trumpet, Andy Woo, trombone, Steve Schenfeld, Joe Mulholland and Russ Faegenburg piano, Greg Levine, guitar, Mark Tourian, bass, Eric Levine and Chris Sbrollini, drums). Beginning in 1991, with the fourth Brudner Concert, world-renowned musicians have visited Brown and performed with Brown student musicians in successive Brudner Concerts.