Jazz/Soul Vocalist, pianist and composer, Mala Waldron is a native of New York. Mala's musical approach reflects the many varied styles of music she was exposed to as a youngster. She credits her parents, both jazz pianists, with giving her a strong and varied foundation in the jazz culture. Her maternal grandmother, also a pianist, was from the caribbean islands and introduced young Mala to Calypso. Of her earlier influences, she also credits her older brother with introducing her to the best of R&B.
At the age of 7, Mala began formal piano lessons. Later, she joined her first band, a local R&B group. This marked the beginning of her career as a full-fledged gigging musician — she was only 15. Within a year, that band was signed to RCA records. After graduating from high school, she went on to expand her knowledge of music studying jazz piano, voice and composition at SUNY College of Old Westbury with multi-reed player Makanda Ken McIntyre. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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... She's her own singer, as she seems to interpret
the vocal tradition in her singular & unique
style of rendition ... She's a keeper!
George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman -
Ejazznews.com (Mar 10, 2006)
When you hear Mala Waldron's soulful voice ... you
realize that you are experiencing something
very special ... bringing various musical influences into a jazz
Ernest Barteldes - All About Jazz (Apr 11, 2006)
Ms. Waldron successfully bridges that fine line
between serious instrumental fare and pop-like