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Birth name  Russell Malone
Name  Russell Malone
Occupation(s)  Musician
Role  Guitarist
Instruments  Guitar
Genres  Jazz
Years active  1980s–present

Born  November 8, 1963 (age 52) Albany, Georgia, United States (1963-11-08)
Albums  Bluebird, California Concert: The Holly, CTI Summer Jazz at th, San Sebastian, Live at Jazz Standard
Similar People  Benny Green, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Mulgrew Miller, Ray Brown

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Russell Malone (born November 8, 1963) is an American jazz guitarist. He began working with Jimmy Smith in 1988 and went on to work with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall throughout the 1990s.


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Malone was born in Albany, Georgia. He began playing at the age of four with a toy guitar his mother bought him. He was influenced by B.B. King and The Dixie Hummingbirds. A significant experience was when he was twelve and saw George Benson perform on television with Benny Goodman. He is mostly self-taught.

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Starting in 1988, he spent two years with Jimmy Smith, then three with Harry Connick Jr. In 1995, he became the guitarist for the Diana Krall Trio, participating in three Grammy-nominated albums, including When I Look in Your Eyes, which won the award for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. Malone was part of pianist Benny Green's recordings in the late 1990s and 2000: Kaleidoscope (1997), These Are Soulful Days (1999), and Naturally (2000). The two formed a duo and released the live album Jazz at The Bistro in 2003 and the studio album Bluebird in 2004. They toured until 2007.

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Malone has toured with Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Dianne Reeves and has done session work with Kenny Barron, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jack McDuff, Mulgrew Miller, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. He recorded his first solo album in 1992 and has led his own trio and quartet. Other guest appearances have included Malone with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and pianist Hank Jones in celebration of his 90th birthday. In October 2008 he performed in a duo with guitarist Bill Frisell at Yoshi's in Oakland, California. During the next year, Malone became a member of the band for saxophonist Sonny Rollins, celebrating his 80th birthday in New York City.


Malone recorded live on September 9–11, 2005, at Jazz Standard, New York City, and Maxjazz documented the performances on the albums 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, were Martin Bejerano on piano, Tassili Bond on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. Malone's 2010 recording Triple Play (also on Maxjazz) featured David Wong on bass and Montez Coleman on drums. His album, All About Melody featured pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Luke Sellick, and drummer Willie Jones III.

As leader

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  • Russell Malone (Columbia, 1992)
  • Black Butterfly (Columbia, 1993)
  • Sweet Georgia Peach (Impulse!, 1998)
  • Wholly Cats (Venus, 1999)
  • Look Who's Here (Verve, 2000)
  • Heartstrings (Verve, 2001)
  • Jazz at the Bistro with Benny Green (Telarc, 2003)
  • Playground (Maxjazz, 2004)
  • Live at Jazz Standard, Volume One (Maxjazz, 2006)
  • Live at Jazz Standard, Volume Two (Maxjazz, 2007)
  • Triple Play (Maxjazz, 2010)
  • Love Looks Good on You (HighNote, 2015)
  • All About Melody (HighNote, 2016)
  • Time For The Dancers (High Note, 2017)
  • As sideman or guest

  • We Are in Love by Harry Connick Jr. (1991)
  • I Heard You Twice the First Time by Branford Marsalis (1992)
  • All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio by Diana Krall (Impulse!, 1996)
  • Habana by Roy Hargrove (1997)
  • A Family Affair by Christian McBride (Verve, 1998)
  • Spirit Song by Kenny Barron (Verve, 1999)
  • When I Look in Your Eyes by Diana Krall (1999)
  • Bluebird by Benny Green (Telarc, 2004)
  • In My Time by Gerald Wilson (Mack Avenue, 2005)
  • Portrait by Northwestern State University Jazz Ensemble (2009)
  • Jazz in the Key of Blue by the Jimmy Cobb Quartet (2009)
  • Stripped by Macy Gray (2016)
  • References

    Russell Malone Wikipedia

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