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Next in our new series of interviews with some of Central Ohio’s finest jazz musicians is vocalist Louise Salvador. A native of Houston, Texas, Salvador has had a long and storied career, and is still going strong. She has played with some of the greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Pete Fountain, Little Richard, and Fats Domino, and has worked with many local stars over the past few decades. She has a weekly gig at Haiku in the Short North Saturday nights with her quartet (Bob Mills – piano, Terry Douds – bass, Matt Wagner or Joe Ong – drums), where you can hear her inspired interpretations of standards and tunes of many types. I recently had a great phone conversation with Salvador, where she shared some stories and updated me on what she has upcoming:

When and why did you start playing music and jazz?

Louise Salvador (LS): I was introduced to jazz many years ago, back in the 60s. There were just a few people that I was really passionate about – one of them was Ella, I guess she was the “mother of invention” as far as I’m concerned. Of course, there’s all these other people, like Billie Holiday and all these other folks. I was actually educated to be what they call a “legitimate singer” – I was being groomed for theater, and light opera, and all that kind of stuff. The reason I was introduced to jazz is because I was being coached by a person that was in the jazz idiom, but at the same time was a musical director at a theater in Houston, Texas, which is where I’m from. Read More →

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John & Gerald Clayton “Side by Side” with CJO & CYJO

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