The Malachi Whitson Quintet is a new project inspired by the music of Art Blakey. Join this dynamic quintet as they dive into the realm of hard bop. Featuring Malachi Whitson on drums, Howard Wiley on tenor saxophone, Geechi Taylor on trumpet, Aneesa Strings on bass and Omree Gal-Oz on piano.
There’s a new rising star in the ever expanding Jazz Scene by the name of Malachi Whitson. Born and raised in Richmond California, Malachi Whitson has been rooted in the Bay Area Jazz community as both a performer and teacher since his early youth. He currently attends the Dave Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific Campus where has had the opportunity to perform with major artists such as, Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Hutchison, Stefon Harris, Eddie Gomez, Adam Kolker, Joel Frahm and others. Malachi is currently associated with several major jazz organizations including the Jazzschool Community Music School, SFJazz Center, East Bay center for the Performing Arts, Oakland School for the Arts, Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Dave Brubeck Institute as a student teacher. He has received several awards such SFJazz’s Most Dedicated Musician Award, Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Best Drummer Award, San Jose Jazz Workshop’s Best Overall Musician as well as an outstanding Steel Pan Instructor award from the East Bay Women in Action organization. Malachi has been associated with several projects such as the Sundance Film Festival’s award-winning documentary “Lost and Found’ by Sharif Nassir. He contributed to the 2011-2013 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet’s award winning album. He is also a member of the SFJazz Alumni Teachers Association. Under his own name Malachi currently has a trio known to many as “The Project.” This newly formed trio has its own particular repertoire that melds the sultry sounds of soul and R&B with the structure and improvisational context of jazz.
The 2014 Rising Stars Summer Concert Series is made possible in part by a generous gift from David and Beth Sawi.