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Salute to Russell Malone


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Salute to Russell Malone

Jun 20, 2018, 12:00 am

Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights in Jazz presents
“Salute to Russell Malone”
Tribeca Performing Arts Center,
199 Chambers Street – (212) 220-1460
Thursday, June 21, 2018- 8 P.M.

Sometimes to best honor tradition, you have to break with it. When Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights in Jazz series honors a living legend of the music, as they do once a year, it’s always been an elder statesman, feted by his colleagues and younger disciples. This Thursday’s salute to the 54-year-old guitar giant doesn’t completely reverse that equation, but it’s notable that one of the younger artists slated to perform at this Tribute to Russell Malone is, in fact, Russell Malone. And, for once, its the storied veterans, like saxophonists Houston Person (83) and Jimmy Heath (91), and his fellow guitarist Gene Bertoncini (81), who are coming out to pay tribute to him. Mr. Malone, whose playing displays a unique rhythmic drive as well as an abiding lyricism, is well worth it. Also appearing, such age-appropriate peers as vibraphonist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, bassist Luke Sellick, and drummers Willie Jones III and Lewis Nash.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)