Russell Malone Quartet and Ron Affif Trio at Jazz at Lincoln Center


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Final Jazz at Lincoln Center concert for 2001-02 season.

In its final concert of the 2001-02 season, Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) will present two of the most dynamic and swinging young jazz guitarists today RUSSELL MALONE and RON AFFIF in Six-String Sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 30, 31, and June 1, at 8pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Tickets at $45 are available at the Alice Tully Hall box office, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or via www.jazzatlincolncenter.org. Malone is a versatile and sophisticated guitarist who has worked extensively with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall, in addition to releasing several acclaimed recordings as a leader. Affif is a hard-swinging guitarist in the tradition of Joe Pass and George Benson who has earned a strong following in New York City from his four-years-and-running weekly engagement at the Zinc Bar. Malones ensemble features pianist RICHARD JOHNSON, bassist GERALD CANNON, and drummer E.J. STRICKLAND. Affifs ensemble features bassist JAMES GENUS and a drummer, tba. Jazz at the Penthouse concerts take place in the intimate, club-like setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, where the audience enjoys a candlelit view of the city.

Russell Malone was born on November 8, 1963, in Albany, Georgia, and started playing music at age five. Malone was 25 when, in 1988, he was hired as a sideman by the legendary organist Jimmy Smith. He went on to work with Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990-94 and spent four years working with Diana Krall. Malone first recorded as a leader in 1992, when he released his self-titled debut for Columbia. His other recordings include Black Butterfly (1993), Wholly Cats (1995), Sweet Georgia Peach (1998), and Look Whos Here (1999). In 2001, he recorded his latest CD, Heartstrings. For this acclaimed recording, he employed a stellar rhythm section of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Jeff Tain Watts, string ensemble, and three different string arrangers: pianist Alan Broadbent, Brazilian great Dori Caymmi, and Johnny Mandel.

Ron Affif was born on December 30, 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His uncle, Ron Anthony, a superb guitarist who worked with George Shearing and Frank Sinatra, gave Affif his first guitar lesson at age 12. When Affif turned 18, rather than take the music scholarship offered by Duquesne University, he moved to Los Angeles to be near his uncle, who had offered to let Affif replace him on engagements he couldnt make. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles in 1984, performing with Dick Berk, Dave Pike, Pete Christlieb and Jack Sheldon and recording a quartet date for the R.A. label in 1987. Two years later he moved to New York, where he has worked mostly as a leader. He has earned critical acclaim and a strong popular following from a standing engagement at the Zinc Bar with bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Jeff Tain Watts. Affif, whose style is influenced by Joe Pass and George Benson, has recorded five impressive albums for Pablo, including Ron Affif (1992), Vierd Blues (1993), 52nd Street (1995), Ringside (1997), and Solotude (1999). Affif performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in the finale concert for the 2001 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.

For more information on J@LC, please visit www.jazzatlincolncenter.org.

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