Tony Malaby

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Tony Malaby
Background information
Born (1964-01-02) January 2, 1964 (age 60)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
LabelsArabesque, Sunnyside, Clean Feed, Marge

Tony Malaby (born January 12, 1964) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.[1]

Malaby was born in Tucson, Arizona. He moved to New York City in 1995 and played with several notable jazz groups, including Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias's Open Loose, Fred Hersch's Trio + 2 and Walt Whitman project. He also played with bands led by Mario Pavone, Chris Lightcap, Bobby Previte, Tom Varner, Marty Ehrlich, Angelica Sanchez, Mark Dresser, and Kenny Wheeler. Other collaborators included Tom Rainey, Christian Lillinger, Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, Nasheet Waits, Samo Šalamon and Michael Formanek. His first album as a co-leader was Cosas with Joey Sellers.

The New York Times has called him one "of the best players of their generation."[2]



Tony Malaby

As leader[edit]

  • Sabino (Arabesque, 2000)
  • Apparitions (Songlines, 2003)
  • Adobe (Sunnyside, 2004)
  • Tamarindo (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • Warblepeck (Songlines, 2008)
  • Paloma Recio (New World, 2009)
  • Voladores (Clean Feed, 2009)
  • Tamarindo Live (Clean Feed, 2010)
  • Novela (Clean Feed, 2011)
  • Somos Agua (Clean Feed, 2014)
  • Scorpion Eater (Clean Feed, 2014)
  • Incantations (Clean Feed, 2016)
  • The Cave of Winds (Pyroclastic, 2022)[3]

As sideman[edit]

with Damian Allegretti

  • Stoddard Place

with Kris Davis

With Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra

with Pandelis Karayorgis and Mat Maneri

with Paul Motian

With Mario Pavone

with Samo Šalamon

  • Two Hours (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006)
  • Traveling Moving Breathing (Clean Feed Records, 2018)


  1. ^ Chinen, Nate (2011-12-19). "Roiling Through an Undertow (Published 2011)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  2. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2010-08-25). "Two Saxophonists Step in as a Pair of Substitutes (Published 2010)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-11.
  3. ^ Mike Shanley (December 31, 2021). "Tony Malaby's Sabino: The Cave of Winds (Pyroclastic)". Jazz Times. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  • Liner notes, Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio [1]

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