7/9: Donald Malloy at Nighttown

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On his impressive debut, Spirituality, this Cleveland-born, Oberlin-educated trumpeter (now a graduate student at Rutgers in New Jersey) blends the musical traditions of the African Yoruba religion with the creativity of jazz. Other musicians have attempted this in the past, with mixed results (legendary Puerto Rican trumpeter Jerry Gonzales is one success story that comes to mind). However, by listening to the tracks on his MySpace site, you can hear that Malloy and his quintet are on the right path. Malloy’s first music experience came at an early age through drumming. He later discovered the trumpet while at Cleveland Heights High School, and that instrument opened the doors to the jazz world. In addition to his projects as a bandleader, Malloy has appeared as a sideman with Terence Blanchard, Frank Sinatra, Jr., New York salsa pioneer Eddie Palmieri and many others. Don’t miss the chance to catch Malloy as he returns for his homecoming tonight at 8 at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., 216.795.0550). Tickets: $15. — Ernest Barteldes

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