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Russell Malone

g, *1963 US, Albany, Georgia
Musician of Jazz

Russell Malone (born November 8, 1963 in Albany, Georgia) is an essentially self-taught swing jazz guitarist. He also performs bebop jazz. He began working with Jimmy Smith in 1988, and went on to work with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall throughout the 1990s. Malone began playing at the age of four in his home of Albany, Georgia, with a toy guitar his mother had bought him, influenced by musicians such as B.B. King and The Dixie Hummingbirds. However, he cites that the most influential musical experience he had as a youth was "[at the age of twelve] seeing George Benson perform on television…with Benny Goodman." He learned technique from listening to recordings of Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Charlie Christian, among others. Malone played with jazz organist Jimmy Smith from 1988—1990. He then joined the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band from 1989-1994. In 1995, Malone became part of the Diana Krall trio, participating in three Grammy-nominated albums, the final one in 1999, "When I Look In Your Eyes," winning Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Malone was part of jazz pianist Benny Green's recordings in the late 1990's and 2000: "Kaleidoscope" (1997), "These Are Soulful Days" (1999), and "Naturally" (2000). The two formed a duo partnership, releasing the live recording, "Jazz At The Bistro" in 2003, and the studio recording "Bluebird" in 2004. The duo toured until 2007. Malone tours regularly as leader of The Russell Malone Quartet, and more recently in support of "Triple Play" (2010) of the Russell Malone Trio. Often touring the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe, he can be seen in appearances with Dianne Reeves and Romero Lubambo and tours frequently with legendary bassist Ron Carter as part of the Golden Striker Trio often featuring Mulgrew Miller at piano. Other special guest appearances have included Malone with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, pianist Hank Jones (in celebration of his 90th birthday). October, 2008, found Russell Malone in duo at Yoshi's in Oakland, California, with fellow jazz guitarist and Grammy-winner Bill Frisell. The duo toured once again in February, 2009, in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, Malone became a member of the band for saxophonist Sonny Rollins, (celebrating his 80th birthday in September). Recorded live on September 9-11, 2005, at Jazz Standard, NYC, MAXJAZZ released "Live At Jazz Standard, Volume One" (2006) and "Live At Jazz Standard, Volume Two" (2007). Appearing on these two volumes, and touring as The Russell Malone Quartet, are Martin Bejerano on piano, Tassili Bond on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. Malone's 2010 recording "Triple Play" (also on MAXJAZZ) is pianoless, featuring David Wong on bass, and Montez Coleman on drums.

  • Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Do I Love You on Triple Play by Russell Malone
Pecan Pie on Triple Play by Russell Malone
For Toddlers Only on Sweet Georgia Peach by Russell Malone
O Christmas Tree on Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz For The Holidays by Martha Stewart
Soulful Kisses on Look Who's Here by Russell Malone
The Bad And The Beautiful on Heartstrings by Russell Malone
Loved Ones on Heartstrings by Russell Malone
Look Who's Here on Look Who's Here by Russell Malone
Heartstrings on Heartstrings by Russell Malone
Sweet Georgia Peach on Sweet Georgia Peach by Russell Malone

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
The Very Thought Of YouSteve Turre, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Willie Jones III Special Guests George Coleman, Russell Malone2018Album
Time For The DancersRussell Malone2017Album
All About MelodyRussell Malone2016Album
Love Looks Good On YouRussell Malone, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III2015Album
Triple PlayRussell Malone2010Album
Live At Jazz Standard Volume TwoRussell Malone2007Album
Live At Jazz Standard Volume OneRussell Malone2006Album
BluebirdBenny Green & Russell Malone2004Album
PlaygroundRussell Malone2004Album
Jazz At The BistroBenny Green & Russell Malone2003Album
Ray Brown Monty Alexander Russell MaloneRay Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone2002Album
HeartstringsRussell Malone2001Album
Look Who's HereRussell Malone2000Album
Sweet Georgia PeachRussell Malone1998Album
Black ButterflyRussell Malone1993Album
Russell MaloneRussell Malone1992Album
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