He was born in Monson, Massachusetts and began his professional career in New York City. He eventually moved to Stamford, Connecticut. He taught guitar at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut as well as at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut. He wrote several instruction books for beginning to advanced guitarists.
In addition to recordings with Stan Kenton and with his own groups, Salvador can be heard in the film Blackboard Jungle during a scene in a bar where a recording on which he is featured is played on the jukebox. He is also featured playing with Sonny Stitt in the film Jazz on a Summer's Day at the Newport Jazz Festival.
|1953||Sal Salvador Quintet||Blue Note||With Frank Socolow (tenor saxophone), Johnny Williams (piano), Kenny O'Brien (bass), Jimmy Campbell (drums)|
|1954||Kenton Presents Jazz - Sal Salvador||Capitol||With Eddie Costa (p, vib), Jimmy Campbell (d)|
|1956||Frivolous Sal||Bethlehem||With Eddie Costa (p, vib), George Roumanias (b), Jimmy Campbell (d)|
|1956-57||Shades of Sal Salvador||Bethlehem||Septet|
|1957||A Tribute to the Greats||Bethlehem||With Eddie Costa (p, vib), Sonny Dallas (b), Ronnie Free (d)|
|1958||Colors in Sound||Decca||Quartet with Brass|
|1959||The Beat For This Generation||Decca||Big Band|
|1963||You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet!||Dauntless||Big Band|
|1963||Music to Stop Smoking By||Roulette||Quartet|
|1978||Juicy Lucy||Bee Hive||Quartet|
|1983||In Our Own Sweet Way||Stash Records||Quintet|
|1989||Crystal Image||Stash Records||With Mike Giordano (g), Barbara Sfraga (v), Phil Bowler (b), Greg Burrows (d, synth), Unknown (perc/vocal effects), Teo Macero (prod, arr, synth)|
With Stan Kenton