MALA WALDRON ~ ARTIST BIO

Mala Waldron (pronounced MAL-uh WALL-drun) is a native of NYC whose first paid gig playing keys and singing back-up vocals with a local R&B band, "Liquid Pleasure" at the Elk's club at age 15.  Shortly after joining the band, they were signed to a record deal with RCA records (Midland International.)  She later enrolled at SUNY, Old Westbury to study jazz piano, voice & composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre, Richard Harper, Warren Smith and Amina Claudine Myers, ultimately earning a B.A. Degree.

Mala's music career has taken her all over the world doing performances in such countries as Japan, France, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Belarus & China.  She has performed on some of NYC's most prestigious stages, including the Iridium Jazz Club, the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, the 55 Bar, Brooklyn's BAM Cafe, and most recently in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage.)  

She has done numerous international tours and festivals, including, Hennessy-Moet Asian XOXO Jazz Tour (with shows in China, Taiwan & Malaysia), the Catania Jazz Fest, Corinaldo Jazz Fest and Farfa Voice Fest (Sabina) as well as festivals in the U.S., a highlight of which was the Annual Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival (JALC) opening for Patrice Rushen.

As an educator, Mala has done vocal and composing workshops in Italy, and participated in the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series lat the Newark Museum.  She was a featured performer on the Chapman Stage at the first annual Coltrane Day Festival.  She was featured in the recently published book, Giving Birth to Sound: Women in Creative Music (Renate da Rin and & William Parker editors) and can be seen in the documentary film, 'The Girls in the Band," directed by Judy Chaikin.

Recordings as a featured artist include: "Lullabye," (solo debut and tribute to godmother, Billie Holiday,) "He's My Father." (duo project with father, pianist/composer - Mal Waldron) and "Always There," named one of JazzUSA's TOP 10 CDs of 2006.  Her most recent CD, "Deep Resonance" has been receiving glowing reviews. 

 
 

 

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May24

Jim Cammack Trio w/ Mala Waldron & Ellis Holmes

JT's Farmhouse, 291 Bayport Avenue , Bayport, NY

Acoustic Sundays, May 24 Featuring bassist Jim Cammack w/ pianist/vocalist, Mala Waldron & Ellis Holmes on drums. JT's Farmhouse offers Casual farmhouse dining featuring traditional dishes, beer & cocktails, plus live music (no music cover)

This event has been canceled as a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)2020 Women's Jazz Festival WEEK 5: FEATURING FIREY SISTAS! & GUEST

by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd) , New York, NY

Join the Schomburg every Monday in March for this annual tradition during Women’s History Month featuring some of the best known and unsung performers in jazz today. Throughout the month, we will explore sounds from Haiti to a celebration of jazz pianist Hazel Scott’s centennial birthday. @SchomburgCenter #WJF2020

PRESENTING FIREY STRING SISTAS! Firey String Sistas! is an energetic ensemble that provides a refreshing alternative to the standard jazz band. The ensemble has been committed to pushing the limits of string, ensemble playing, and improvisation to the next level. Founder and cellist Nioka Workman is joined by violinist Marlene Rice, bassist Endea Owen, vocalist/pianist Mala Waldron, and percussionist Camille Gainer-Jones. Firey String Sistas! presents compelling performances that incorporate aspects of women’s culture, original compositions, American songbook standards, world music, and jazz.

Open Seating

Tickets: General Admission $35 Schomburg Society Member* $25

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