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Tony Malaby's Tubacello Quartet
Part of the 2015 Fall Jazz Series
Friday, October 16, 2015
8:30p $20 The on-line box office is closed.
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Performers
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Bob Stewart : tuba
Christopher Hoffman : cello
John Hollenbeck : drums, percussion
Tony Malaby : tenor sax

n his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised music community of New York City, saxophonist and composer Tony Malaby has emerged as a wholly unique and singular voice. Malaby was recently named one of Downbeat’s “80 Coolest Things in Jazz”, saying that, “Malaby is a formidably accomplished soprano and tenor saxophonist with enviable tone and an endless font of compelling ideas, yet he steers his music away from perfection,” and that “his considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you.” Jazztimes added that Malaby is, “a hero of today’s improvised music scene.”



This outpour of praise is unsurprising given the number of projects which Malaby has been involved with since his arrival in New York in the early-1990s. In recent years, Malaby has led and recorded many of his own projects – Tamarindo with Nasheet Waits and William Parker, TubaCello with John Hollenbeck, Chris Hoffman and Bob Stewart and Palomo Recio with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, Dan Weiss, Billy Mintz and Ben Gerstein. Malaby is also a stalwart sideman, and has lent his talents to such groups as the Paul Motian Electric Be-Bop Band, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Fred Hersch’s Quintet, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas and Ches Smith’s These Arches.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Malaby’s Mexican heritage permeates his musical life. Malaby remembers that, “being a kid, in 1970s Tucson, was very Mexican. There was an atmosphere created there with music, rituals - going to mass, funerals, praying the rosary, plumes of incense smoke …all of these things, and how they would overlap, have lingered. I really think that’s who I am: that’s how I came up. And there’s really strong imagery for me, from back then. I try to communicate those experiences, with my sound and how I play.”

Since 2007 Malaby has been recording for Clean Feed Records. They just released the debut of TubaCello.

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