- Scott Yanow
was born in Albany, Georgia. He played a toy guitar when he was four. Originally Malone was most interested in blues and country music, but after he saw George Benson perform on television with Benny Goodman, he knew that he wanted to play jazz. Malone was completely self-taught on the guitar, influenced by his wide interests in music plus jazz guitarists Benson, Charlie Christian, Kenny Burrell, and Grant Green.
After high school Malone gained experience touring with an organ group and playing with local bands in Atlanta, then went on tour with Jimmy Smith from 1988 to 1990. He gained more exposure and recognition as a member of the Harry Connick Big Band from 1990 to 1994, appearing on three of Connick’s recordings. Malone also had opportunities to freelance during the period, working with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jack McDuff, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.