Maluso and Blackson to speak on career

Staff report


Musical duo Mary Jo Maluso and Rick Blackson, will discuss their career in a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz’s Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Their lecture is part of the Memories of a Lifetime series sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society. It is open to the public, with complimentary refreshments served. A good will offering of $5 will be accepted, and there will be a raffle. Reservations are required, but walk-ins are admitted, based upon seating availability. Call WHMHS chairman Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

Maluso and Blackson formed their partnership in 1990. Blackson has been a musical director, actor, songwriter, arranger and television host. He now is a voice-over artist and private piano and voice instructor. In addition, he has written and produced theme songs that he and Maluso have recorded for numerous clients.

Before teaming with Blackson, Maluso was a local television show host and stage actress. She was a solo show opener for stars such as Tony Bennett, Paul Anka and Jim Nabors among others. She is also is now a voice-over artist and studio vocalist.

Maluso and Blackson are best known as a premiere cabaret duo. They have appeared on stages from Cleveland’s Ritz Carlton to Washington’s Kennedy Center, and in Las Vegas and select theaters along Florida’s Gold Coast.

Maluso graduated from Chaney High School while Blackson went to Boardman High.

Future Memories of a Lifetime speakers will be:

Paul Rohrbaugh, Nov. 19: Rohrbaugh is a board game creator, local historian and former Youngstown State University faculty member.

Sean Posey, Dec. 17: Author of “Lost Youngstown” and adjunct instructor at Eastern Gateway Community College.

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