SANTA FE MUSIC COLLECTIVE Presents

The Russell Malone Quartet

at Unit "B" @ Chocolate Maven

Time: 7:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $30 - $35

“A New Mexico Jazz Festival Event”

An Exclusive SFMC Platinum Series Concert

One of the most gifted guitar players to emerge in recent years, guitarist Russell Malone was born in Albany, Georgia in 1963, and grew up in a church environment that had a big influence on his music. Recruited by Sonny Rollins and Diane Reeves (with whom he performed at the NM Jazz Festival in 2007) for “his singular tone, refined listening skills, limitless chops and efflorescent imagination” he is known on the international circuit for his world-class quartet and trio and is also a long-standing member of Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio. With his swinging, straight-ahead style, weaving elements of blues, gospel, and R&B, Malone is comfortable in a variety of settings and has performed with such diverse artists as Jimmy Smith, Branford Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cyrus Chestnut, Patti Austin, and many others. Early in his career, he became a member of Harry Connick Jr.’s big band, appearing on Connick’s 1991 album, Blue Light, Red Light and worked throughout much of the '1990s and 2000s with Diana Krall, appearing on her recordings as well performing with Roy Hargrove’s Latin Grammy winning Crisol band. He has also appeared on albums of Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and Ron Carter. “A consummate musician capable of both swinging hard and caressing a ballad like few guitarists today can.... whether he's slipping into an intimate ballad or launching into a swaggering soul-jazz freakout, Malone keeps listeners hanging onto his melodies.” (Matt Collar, All Music Review). Kurt Rosenwinkel called Malone “an absolute master, the best of the best,” while Benny Golson wrote, “Russell Malone bypasses the ear and goes straight to the heart!” The Quartet is Russell Malone, guitar;  Richard Germanson, piano; Vincent DuPont, bass, and Neal Smith, drums. Brought to you in partnership with Outpost Productions, The Taos Jazz BeBop Society, and The New Mexico Jazz Festival, this concert is an “SFMC” FIRST” in our Platinum Series, presented to you at the beautiful new UNIT “B” @ Chocolate Maven. 

The Russell Malone Quartet is also appearing in Albuquerque at The Outpost Performance Space on Thursday Sept. 19th at 7:30 pm, and at the TCA in Taos on Saturday Sept. 21 at 7:30 PM.