Jazz at the Bechtler: Russell Malone

Jazz at the Bechtler: Russell Malone



Russell Malone

Four time Grammy nominated guitarist, Russell Malone joins the stage at the Bechtler this month for a jaw dropping performance that guests are sure to never forget.

A self-taught guitarist, Russell Malone developed well enough to achieve a position with master organist Jimmy Smith at the age of 25. “It made me realize that I wasn't as good as I thought I was,” Malone recalls of his first on-stage performance with Smith. Malone went on to join Harry Connick Jr.'s orchestra, a position he held from 1990-94, appearing on three of Connick's recordings. He worked in a variety of contexts, performing with artists as diverse as Clarence Carter, Little Anthony, Peabo Bryson, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, The Winans, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Bucky Pizzarelli and Jack McDuff.

The website, All About Jazz, describes Malone as being one of the most commanding and versatile guitarists performing. He is described as being able to move from blues to gospel to pop to R&B and jazz without hesitation, a rare facility that has prompted some of the highest profile artists in the world to call upon him: Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr, Ron Carter and Sonny Rollins.

Along the way, Malone has made a name for himself combining the bluesy sound of Grant Green and Kenny Burrell with the relentless attack of Django Reinhardt and Pat Martino. After hearing Malone play in Connick's band, former Sony head, Tommy Mottola, brought Malone over to Columbia Records. Malone's 1992 self-titled debut album, Russell Malone, quickly went to #1 on the radio charts. This album has Malone playing electric, acoustic, and classical guitars. It also features Harry Connick Jr. on piano, his current employer at the time, joking around on “I Don't Know Enough About You,” a vocal piece by Malone, not Connick.

In 1995, Malone joined Diana Krall contributing to Krall's first of four Grammy-nominated albums: All For You (1996), Love Scenes (1997), When I Look In Your Eyes (1999), and The Look Of Love (2001). In addition to winning for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, When I Look In Your Eyes (1999) was the first jazz album since 1976 (George Bensons's Breezin') nominated for Album of the Year.


Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. with no intermissions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert and 7:45 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. concert. General seating is first come, first served. Enjoy light bites and a cash-only bar. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed.


View the full 2018-’19 Jazz at the Bechtler lineup here.

Listen to Russell Malones' performance of "Mean Streak" below:

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Music Publisher: Russell Malone Music (BMI)
Released on: 2016-01-25 
℗ 2006 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC
Live at Jazz Standard, Vol 1
Mean Streak (Live) · Russell Malone
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