Tom Malone (born June 16, 1947) is an American jazz musician. As his nickname implies, he specializes on the trombone, but also plays trumpet, tuba, tenor sax, baritone sax, flutes, piccolo, and other instruments.
He is famous for being a member of The Blues Brothers band and a member of the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman.
Malone was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) along with fellow Blues Brothers bandmate Lou Marini. Both were members of the school's world renowned One O'Clock Lab Band.
He began playing professionally as lead trumpet with Brenda Lee at a club in Jackson, Mississippi while enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi. In response to a call from Warren Covington, leader of The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, he expanded into contracting musicians. After transferring to North Texas State University, Malone continued working as both a player and a contractor for a variety of groups.
Upon graduation, Malone worked in bands of Woody Herman (1969), Duke Pearson (1970), Louie Bellson (1971), Doc Severinsen, Frank Zappa (1972) and Blood, Sweat & Tears (1973). In 1973, Malone began a close, 15-year association with Gil Evans, who exerted considerable musical influence on him. With Evans, Malone recorded seven albums and toured Europe, Japan and the Far East. In 1975, Malone toured with Billy Cobham, in 1976 with The Band.
In 1970 after he was heard performing with Ten Wheel Drive and Genya Ravan, he received a call from Saturday Night Live (SNL), a new and revolutionary, late-night comedy show on NBC. Malone arranged for the show from 1975 to 1985 and served as musical director from 1981 to 1985. A single SNL comedy skit which featured John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd mushroomed into The Blues Brothers; Malone wrote the chart for that first skit, then continued as an integral member of the Blues Brothers musical organization. His writing and performance may be found on all Blues Brothers recordings and in The Blues Brothers film score. In the movie he appears as a fictionalized version of himself. In 1993, Malone reunited with SNL veterans Paul Shaffer (keyboards), and Will Lee, (bass), in the CBS Orchestra. In 1997, Blues Brothers 2000 and the film score includes considerable contribution by Malone.
In 1992, Malone toured with Willy DeVille; he can be heard on DeVille's Willy DeVille Live album.
Malone joined the CBS Orchestra on November 1, 1993, and has contributed more than 800 arrangements to the Late Show.
As a studio musician, he has been heard on more than 1,000 records and in more than 3000 radio and television commercials. Malone has also played themes for CBS This Morning, Murder, She Wrote, and the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, all on the CBS Television Network. His solo album, Soul Bones, features guest appearances by Paul Shaffer and Blues Traveler's John Popper.
Malone's additional feature film credits include The Last Waltz and Sister Act.
In 2007 Malone was invited by Music Director Geoffrey Moull to arrange and perform a concert with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs with Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux (as part of The Hogshead Horns) along with fellow CBS Orchestra member Will Lee.
On May 2009 he performed with an Italian Blues Brothers tribute band, The Blues Preachers. He frequently plays with The Blues Brotherhood, a Blues Brother tribute band based in Pennsylvania.
Tom Malone, alias Bones, es un multiinstrumentista norteamericano de jazz, nacido el 16 de junio de 1947, en Hattiesburg, Mississipi. Su instrumento principal es el trombón, pero toca además la trompeta, el saxofón (especialmente el barítono) y hasta trece instrumentos diferentes.
Comenzó su carrera profesional en Texas, en una orquesta llamada One O'Clock Lab Band, donde coincidió con Lou Marini, con el que volvería a coincidir en varias ocasiones. Después, trabajó con Brenda Lee y con la Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, mientras realiza sus estudios universitarios. Tras dejar la universidad, toca con Woody Herman (1969) (coincidiendo con Forrest Butchel y Bill Tillman), Duke Pearson (1970) y Louie Bellson (1971). En 1973 es llamado por su compañero Lou Marini para sustituir a Chuck Winfield en la banda de jazz-rock Blood, Sweat & Tears, con los que permanece sólo un año, grabando un disco (No sweat). Mantendrá después una larga relación con Gil Evans (1973-1985), aunque lo simultanea con Frank Zappa (1976) y con las bandas de la NBC y de Saturday Night Live, para la televisión.
En 1985, se integra en la banda que Dan Aykroyd y John Belushi preparan para un número que aquellos presentaban en el Saturday Night Live. En 1993, este espectáculo se convierte en película paródica, dirigida por John Landis, con el nombre de The Blues Brothers, que será en adelante el nombre de la propia banda. En esta banda, vuelve a coincidir con Lou Marini. En 1997 se hace una secuela de aquella película, Blues Brothers 2000, con un papel destacado de Malone en la banda sonora. Aparecerá también en la película The Last Waltz, junto a The Band.
En 1993, paralelamente, Malone se integra en la Orquesta de la CBS, con quien permanecerá largo tiempo, a la vez que realiza colaboraciones y discos como líder (Soul Bones).