In his 20 years as a bandleader, John Malino has been compared by the press to Harry Connick Jr. and John Pizzarelli. Malino has played such venues as Birdland, Late Night Jazz at Feinstein’s, Friday night Jazz at Sardi’s, Cipriani, the Santa Monica Music Festival, the Sacramento Jazz Festival, Garage, Bar Next Door, and the Kennedy Center. The John Malino Band offers a range of performance styles, from solo sessions with John Malino, to trios, quartets and even full-sized orchestras.
Malino, once called a “velvet-voiced baritone” by the press proudly states, “I’m one lucky man, because I work with the best musicians in the world. We get into playing anything, from Frank Sinatra to Hank Williams. My team knows how to dig into a tune. We don’t see any boundaries in music. And there’s nothing like spontaneity, the electricity between us and the audience.”
John Malino has shared the stage with jazz legend Lionel Hampton, and sax great David Sanborn has played sax on Malino’s original tune, “If I Had a Genie.” This stands to reason- the John Malino Band knows how to rock the joint as well as deliver the subtle romantic moods of the Great American Songbook.
When the John Malino Band plays, they don’t fool around. All the musicians in the Band have a long list of accomplishments. “We want to enjoy every song we play with the highest caliber of musicians,” says John Malino, “and we love a smart audience that appreciates quality.”
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