Gary Mallaber

Steve Miller/ Aj Croce

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Gary Mallaber was born Buffalo New York and began taking music lessons at age 6, attending PS #45 and then onto Lafayette HS. ( the "art" School), graduated with a music diploma then attended two years at The University of Buffalo. At the same time, his band "Raven, intently managed by Marty Angelo and touted by the late Jimi Hendrix as "one of the best blues/Jazz bands ever" set of from wester NY to take on the big apple. Gary and the boys wound up performing weekly at " the Scene" in Manhattan and became fast favorites of frequent patrons like Hendrix and Eddie Kramer. Before long, the forces at CBS Columbia records were gently informed to sign them and the band completed and released on alum with another yet unreleased and still in the vault.


Raven went on to open shows for Led Zeppelin, The Young Rascals, Procol Harem, The Byrds, Grand Funk Railroad and many others. During this time Gary become enamored with the Van Morrison album "Astral Weeks" and sought him out in an East Village nightclub. The Musical Chemistry clicked and soon they began preparing for a body of work which became"Moodance". with Morrison efforts "Tupelo Honey" and  "St. Dominics Preview": working with Jesse Ed Davis of the Taj Mahal Quartet: and moving to LA where he met the greatest southern california writing circle consisting of Paul Williams, Ned Doheny, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Bonnie Raitt to name a few.


A special week found Gary at the Capitol Tower Recording his first album with The Steve Miller band called " Recall The Beginning A Journey From Eden". From there he went on to be the back beat of classic Steve Miller albums " Fly like an Eagle" and " Book of Dreams" Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Money, Bob Seger, The Beach Boys, Cher and other rock giants have called on Gary for his always inventive musical approach to give their music something special. Gary continues to be a very sought after musician and producer working primarily out of Los Angles area with acts like; internet artists Bass Reeves ( If You Ignore the Truth). The Chicago Blues Reunion ( a new cd, Spring of 09') Matty Jardin & the band gold spot, songs for showtime's " Californication", the latest Ned Doheny CD, and hometown band "Jettason"