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Jazz Cafe with Mala Waldron and the Soulful Sound Quartet

October 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for soulful jazz vocalist/pianist/composer Mala Waldron, the daughter of renowned jazz pianist Mal Waldron (and goddaughter of Billie Holiday). Mala follows in her father’s footsteps with original compositions that reflect a mélange of influences, from jazz to R&B, from pop to calypso. She loves featuring the works of her favorite composers, as well, so you’ll hear her arrangements of tunes by Stevie Wonder, Sting, Horace Silver, and Burt Bacharach, among others. Soulful Sound is her ultra-tight quartet, who she’s performed, recorded and toured with for over twenty years.

This evening Soulful Sound features: Steve Salerno (guitar), Marcus Mclaurine (bass) and Lucianna Padmore (drums).

Doors at 6:30. $10 Members, $15 non-members, $20 at the door. Refreshments available (wine, beer, soda).

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MALA WALDRON – Vocalist/Pianist/Composer Mala Waldron is a New York City native who balances local performances with tours in Europe and Asia. She received a B.A. degree from the SUNY College at Old Westbury studying with Ken (Makanda) McIntyre, Richard Harper, James “Jabbo” Ware and Warren Smith. Her featured recordings include her CD debut, “Lullabye” (tribute to godmother, Billie Holiday), a duo project with her father, pianist, composer Mal Waldron (“He’s My Father”) and “Always There” which, in addition to being her first U.S. release, was licensed by Columbia Records (Japan) and voted one of the Top 20 Jazz CDs of 2006 by JazzUSA

STEVE SALERNO (guitar) is an active performer of Jazz and Classical music.  He has performed throughout Europe, China, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba, Russia and the United States.  He is a member of the Ray Anderson Organic Quartet (with Gary Versace and Tommy Campbell), Paul Smoker 4-Tet (with Drew Gress and Phil Haynes), Mala Waldron Quartet (with Miriam Sullivan and Michael T.A. Thompson), Blue Pipa Trio (with Dean Johnson) and leads a variety of groups, including his Jazz quartet, Exiles.

He has performed with many of today’s top musicians including Jaco Pastorius, John Abercrombie, Regina Carter, Mark Dresser and Peter Erskine.  Among his latest recordings are Ray Anderson’s Being The Point, Mala Waldron’s Always There, Paul Smoker’s Cool Lives, and Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa. He was music director for the PBS special Shoreline Sonata, which first aired in May, 2009.

He is the author of Planet Wave’s Chord Master (an 8,000 chord voicing dictionary), which was recently voted the number one music application for Apple’s iPhone, and is on the musician’s advisory board for D’Addario Strings.

MARCUS MCLAURINE was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He  studied music at the University of Nebraska before moving to Los Angeles. He was a member of Horace Tapscott’s Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension for part of the 1970s. He later joined the military in 1976 where he played in the 590th Air Force band. After four years, he left the air force and moved to New York City. McLaurine began a long association with Clark Terry in the early 1980s, recording together numerous times. McLaurine recorded several albums under the leadership of pianist Abdullah Ibrahim in the 1990s, and has been an instructor in jazz at William Paterson University since 1997.  He is a member of the band, Native Soul, with Steve Johns, Noah Haidu, and Peter Brainin. The group has released several CDs including: Rough Jazz (2006), Soul Step (2011), and One Mind (2012).

LUCIANNA PADMORE Bronx native drummer Lucianna Padmore has been praised by Modern Drummer magazine for her “Deep grooves and serious fusion chops.” Lucianna is an alumnus of LaGuardia High School as well as New School University. Miss Padmore plays in the rock fusion band Stratospheerius with electric violinist Joe Deninzon, appearing on their last two CD’s,”Live Wires”, “Headspace”, and “The Next World”. She also plays with the Primordial Jazz Funktet, and on their current album, “We are Here”. Performing highlights include performances with Jazz tuba player Bob Stewart, opening for performing with or on the same bill with such names as Chico Debarge, Bertha Hope, Mimi Jones, Pat Tandy Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Sun Ra Archestra, to name a few.

About the Ethical NYC Jazz Cafe

“Totally delighted the whole evening! Classic intimate place, delightful people, and energy the whole time!” –W. T., Brentwood, New York, NY

“The venue for the music was wonderful, it was a nightclub atmosphere. The music was excellent and then there was an open mic so I got to see a number of talented neighborhood folks get up and do their thing. Some people even felt moved to dance. I loved it!” -G. Walsh, Fair Lawn NJ


October 6, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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