Vocalist, pianist and composer, Mala Waldron was born in New York City, the daughter of two jazz pianists, most notably father - renown pianist/composer, Mal Waldron (“Soul Eyes”) Her musical approach reflects the variety of musical styles she was exposed to as a youngster, including jazz, soul, calypso and classical. She formed the Mala Waldron Quartet in 2002 and the group has been performing together ever since. Their dynamic synergy and joy of making music together is palpable, whether they're playing Waldron's compositions or one of her arrangements of well-known standards. The group has performed for audiences all over the world including concerts in Italy for the Catania Jazz Festival and in Asia for the Hennessy XO Jazz Smooth & Mellow Asian Tour. They have also performed at many notable venues in NYC including Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (for the Diet Coke Women's Jazz Fest) , the Jazz Standard and Brooklyn's BAM Cafe. The Mala Waldron Quartet features Steve Salerno on guitar, Michael T.A. Thompson on drums & percussion and Dominic Duval Jr. on bass.
"When you hear Mala Waldron's soulful voice … you realize that you are experiencing something very special, for Waldron is not only an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, but also a fine pianist who hits the keys with great precision, bringing various musical influences into the jazz realm." --Ernest Barteldes, All About Jazz