Primary Instrument: Piano
Joseph Salack, pianist, bassist, and composer has been playing jazz and creative improvised music for over 35 years at venues in Chicago, San Francisco, Taos, and Santa Fe. He studied piano with Erwin Helfer and Kevin Zornig; bass with David Parlato; and harmolodics with Don Cherry. In 1996, he formed the Salack/Pearlman Quartet in Santa Fe with trumpeter Dan Pearlman. Over the five plus years that the quartet was together and performing, the rhythm section included Marco Topo, Lee Steck, Raymond Blanchet, J.B. Sutherland, Dave Wayne and Zimbabwe Nkenya.
Joseph joined flutist Mary Rose in 2002 to form the flute and bass jazz duo Deuce, and they performed at venues in Taos and Santa Fe including The Adobe Bar, The Cloud Cliff Restaurant, and The CD Cafe, as well as private parties.
He has performed twice at The Roost Creative Music Series in Albuquerque: in 2009, he played bass with The World We Dream, playing all original compositions, with Shawn Woodyard on woodwinds, Sean Buckley on guitar and Phil Scollard on drums; and in 2010, in a tribute to the music of John Carter and Bobby Bradford, he played with the group Stand Up and Blow which consisted of Dan Clucas on cornet, Shawn Woodyard on woodwinds, Joseph Salack on bass and Milton Villarrubia III on drums.
Joseph currently performs at The Starlight Lounge with The Jazzbians, a jazz duo with himself on piano and Gayle Kenny on bass with occasional guests, and with the Alto Street Band, which plays Americana at various venues in Santa Fe. He also continues to perform and play with numerous other New Mexico jazz and improvising musicians.
An unusual band from Santa Fe’s largely underground jazz scene has been playing at a number of public venues this summer and generating a lot of attention. The Salack/Pearlman Quartet played its brand of improvisational music on the Plaza at Summerscene a few weeks back, and it will play in Albuquerque and again in Santa Fe next week. The band is the latest version of a collaboration between piano virtuoso Joseph Salack and trumpeter Dan Pearlman. The two have been playing and writing music together for about five years, with an evolving lineup of rhythm sections. Last year, Salack played a gig with renowned local bassist Zimbabwe Nkenya and drummer David Wayne. Pearlman sat in. The combination clicked and they’ve had several subsequent opportunities to show what they can do... Kay Roybal, Albuquerque Journal
Santa Fe, NM
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
$25 for 30 minutes $45 for an hour