21 November 1925 - 22 September 1999
Courtesy of Howard Paul, Cindy Benedetto and Just Jazz Guitar.
Legendary jazz guitarist Sal Salvador passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 1999 after a bout with cancer. At 74 years old he was an active musician, recording artist, writer and teacher. Sal was born in Monson, Massachusetts, and was raised in Stafford Springs Connecticut.
Sal began playing jazz in the early 1940s, and switched to electric guitar after hearing Charlie Christian in Benny Goodman recordings. His first major position was as staff guitarist for the Radio City Music Hall in 1949. Subsequently, he performed and recorded with many of the most important artists of the era, including Terrie Gibbs, Eddie Bert, Mundell Lowe, Marlene Dietrich, Frankie Laine, Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney. He was a featured member of the Stan Kenton Big Band from 1952 to 1954. He later formed his own Big Band - \"The Colors in Sound,\" and also performed with smaller bands including a duo with the late guitarist Allen Hanlon.
Sal spent many years teaching his craft both privately and publicly. He taught at his home in Connecticut and in his NYC studio, as well as on the faculties of The University of Bridgeport and Wesconn State University. He authored many instructional books and videos, and was a regular contributor to Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. He was a long time endorser of Gretch Guitars, which produced a Sal Salvador model, and more recently designed and endorsed the Heritage Guitar's Sal Salvador Archtop Model.
For more information on Sal Salvador, please refer to The Jazz Guitar Book by Maurice Summerfield, and the May 1995 JJG interview by Adrian Ingram and Ed Benson (Pg. 53).