Jazz Guitarists – Russell Malone

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Russell Malone’s first big break occurred when he was 25 years old and began playing with the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith. He played with Jimmy Smith from 1988 to 1990 then played with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band from 1989 to 1994. I first heard Russell Malone as part of the Diana Krall Trio. He began playing guitar with Diana Krall in 1995 and played on three Grammy nominated albums with her.

With the Russell Malone Quartet

With Diana Krall


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  1. Thanks for the Russell Malone article and media info.

    Out of those three Grammy nominated albums, the third one, “When I Look In Your Eyes” (my all time personal favorite) not only won for Best Jazz Vocal, but was also nominated for album of the year, the first jazz album nominiated for that category since George Benson’s “Breezin’.”

    Kandie Le Britain Webster in Washington State ~ jazzylover59

    1. I’m glad you appreciated the article. Thanks for the comment.

      I love listening to Diana Krall. A big part of my listening enjoyment is personnel backing her on those albums. Russell Malone was a key part of it of that backup on those albums.

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