Boots Maleson Bio

For over 30 years, Boots Maleson has been one of the top in-demand bassists in New York City in nearly every genre of music.  He has worked with such jazz greats as Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Jaki Byard, Archie Shepp, Kenny Barron, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Cowell, Jack Wilson, and Benny Carter.  He has played in the Big Bands of Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Alexander, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.  He has performed for many years with jazz artist Ronny Whyte, Daryl Sherman, and Marlene Verplanck.

He has played in the orchestra for such Broadway shows as City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, State Fair, Little Me, A Class Act, Urinetown, 42nd Street, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and Sweeney Todd.  He has played in the Dicapo Opera orchestra and accompanied Jessye Norman.    He has accompanied Cabaret artists Baby Jane Dexter, Christine Andreas, Cynthia Crane, Marieanne Meringolo and Leslie Orofino. For over 25 years Boots has been the double bassist in ensembles led by the legendary bassist Ron Carter.