What do Harry Connick, Jr., B.B. King, Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves have in common? They've all figured in the career trajectory of guitarist Russell Malone, one of the most versatile and talented musicians of his generation. Whether moving seamlessly between bebop, swing, jazz, pop, gospel, R&B and blues or flooring critics and fans with his awesome technique, this self-taught player can thank his mother for having given him a green toy guitar at the age of four! While we're at it, we'll thank her, too!