Jazz guitarist Russell Malone will be holding a special concert on Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Public Library Auditorium. All proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital.
Malone will be joined by saxophonist Harry Allen and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. Tickets are $50 each and are on sale now at www.nightisalive.com. Additional ticket packages are also available. This is the second time Malone has performed for Akron Children’s. His first concert, which was met with wide acclaim, was held in March 2011.
Russell Malone has made an indelible mark on the guitar and continues forging a path as an ever-evolving artist. Born and raised in Albany, Ga., he started making a name for himself as he moved to Houston, Atlanta and ultimately to New York City.
Malone spent time touring as a member of bands led by the likes of Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. His self-titled debut in 1992 quickly went to No. 1 on the radio charts and was followed by Black Butterfly. Three more releases followed, Sweet Georgia Peach, Look Who’s Here and Heartstrings, before Malone launched the strings series for MAXJAZZ with his label debut Playground (2004). He followed that release with two volumes of the critically-acclaimed recordings Live at Jazz Standard (2006 and 2007).
These days Malone is an integral member of bands led by Grammy Award-winning artists including the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, vocalist Dianne Reeves and bassist Ron Carter as part of his Golden Striker Trio (with label-mate and pianist Mulgrew Miller). Malone’s most recent release, Triple Play, was released in the fall of 2010 on MAXJAZZ.
Jazz guitarist Russell Malone to play benefit concert on Sept. 29
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