Russell Malone with the MSU Jazz Orchestra

The music of Russell Malone with the MSU Jazz Orchestra

One of today’s finest jazz guitarists, MSUFCU Guest Artist Russell Malone was born in Albany, Ga., where he was raised on the music of the church and also picked up blues and country tunes he'd heard on radio and TV. A largely self-taught player, Malone honed his jazz chops by listening to recordings of the guitar canon: Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Benson and others. Video>> Watch Russell Malone perform Caravan for Duke Ellington
After sitting in with — and getting schooled by — jazz organ giant Jimmy Smith, Malone was a member of Smith’s group from 1988 to 1990. Following that job, Malone joined the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band and then played on three Grammy-nominated albums with vocalist and pianist Diana Krall.

A versatile player outside of jazz, Malone has performed alongside Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, B.B. King and Christina Aguilera.

Russell Malone was named Guitarist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011. His latest recording is All About Melody (HighNote, 2016)

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