Donald Malloy’s eclectic approach to music is one best described as unique. Raised in an environment where music was as much a part of life as breathing, Donald developed his musical identity like a child goes through his adolescent years. Growing up in the Ifa tradition, Donald’s first musical experience was with traditional “African Praise Music” playing the drums and singing. Later he learned to play the trumpet through the Cleveland Hts. School system and quickly gravitated toward jazz. By the age of 18 Donald had performed with Terence Blanchard, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Bobby Watson, and Winard Harper. After graduating Cleveland Hts. High and Cuyahoga Community College simultaneously, Donald was awarded a scholarship at the esteemed Oberlin Conservatory. There he studied with jazz greats like Marcus Belgrave, Billy Hart, and Gary Bartz.
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Donald Malloy is a young artist who has successfully
navigated his way through his
influences and arrived upon his own sound with poise and self-
Spirituality is an apt title for his debut recording as it imbued
with warmth of expression that
is deeply personal and sincere.
Miles Willis, WPFW, Washington D.C Miles Willis, WPFW,
Donald Malloy’s Spirituality takes you on a musical journey
exploring the sounds of the
Diaspora! It Keeps you yearning for more!
Macellus Shepar, WEAA 89.9 FM Macellus Shepar, WEAA
Willing to teach