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Mala Waldron

Jazz/Soul Vocalist, pianist and composer, Mala Waldron is a native of New York. Mala's musical approach reflects the many varied styles of music she was exposed to as a youngster. She credits her parents, both jazz pianists, with giving her a strong and varied foundation in the jazz culture. Her maternal grandmother, also a pianist, was from the caribbean islands and introduced young Mala to Calypso. Of her earlier influences, she also credits her older brother with introducing her to the best of R&B. At the age of 7, Mala began formal piano lessons. Later, she joined her first band, a local R&B group. This marked the beginning of her career as a full-fledged gigging musician — she was only 15

Been Down This Road Before

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mission Statement; Nana - D; A House Is Not A Home; Mysticancients; In It But Not Of It; Sonny Says; Sista Gemini; T.U.B.C.; Been Down This Road Before; Until We Meet Again.

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This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

Read "This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some ...

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Turn The Hose on Me Boys, I'm Burnin' Up Again

Read "Turn The Hose on Me Boys, I'm Burnin' Up Again" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week the playlist includes new releases from vocalists Rebecca Dumaine, Chanda Rule, Amanda Ekery, harpist Brandee Younger, the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, clarinetist Anat Cohen and The Hot Sardines, with birthday shout outs to guitarist Memphis Minnie, trumpeter Valaida Snow, vocalists Dakota Staton, Boz Scaggs, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, and pianists Hazel Scott and Mala Waldron, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Firey String Sistas!: That's What She Said...

Read "That's What She Said..." reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The innovative and versatile cellist Nioka Workman leads the, New York based, dynamic ensemble Firey String Sistas, on the group's captivating sophomore album. The delightful That's What She Said... consists of eight originals that explore various styles with a jazzy sensibility and thematically cohesive manner. The tracks range from the soulful to the stately ...

Deep Resonance

Label: Soulful Sound
Released: 2016

Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Mimi Jones: Balance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Balance is one of three new titles released in February 2014 by Hot Tone Music, the label founded by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones. “Hot Tone Music was created to give chances to those who may have been overlooked and denied the necessary support and knowledge to develop," Jones explains. “Women are a big part of that group, ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Virtuoso bassist and superlative bandleader Mimi Jones' (AKA Miriam Sullivan) Balance is a delightful album filled with 79 minutes of engaging music. Despite the title, however, it is an unevenly structured work. The edgy, dramatic “The Incy Wincy Spider" for instance completely deconstructs the children's rhyme into an intriguing, darkly hued and haunting piece. ...

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Live Concert

Featuring the music of Mala Waldron
Duration: 5:50

Recorded @ concert in Alassio Italy for the Anglican Jazz NIghts Series. Featuring Giovanna Sanguineti: bass, Paolo Franciscone: drums and Mala Waldron: piano/vocals

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