Sal Salvador
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Sal Salvador

Sal Salvador (1925-1999) was a bebop jazz guitarist and a prominent music educator.

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.


Year recorded Title Label Notes
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 Starfingers Beehive Sextet
1978 Juicy Lucy Bee Hive Quartet
1978 Parallelogram GP 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

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