Institute of Jazz Studies Celebrates the Music of Sal Mosca

On Thursday, January 23, 2003, The Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers Univ. - Newark Campus, Dana Library) will celebrate the music of pianist Sal Mosca in a combined round-table discussion and concert. The round-table event will be hosted by Dan Morganstern and Vincent Pelote; yet the program will be led by Don Messina, Jimmy Halperin, and Bill Chattin. The Jimmy Halperin Trio (tenor sax, bass, and drums) will perform a few of Sal's compositions (spotlighting Sal as a composer) and present to the audience one hour of selected excerpted solos featuring Sal as a sideman, a solo pianist, an arranger, and as a composer. The discussion gets under way at 7 PM and concludes no later than 9 PM. Admission is free.

Sal Mosca has been teaching music for more than 60 years; he studied with Lennie Tristano from 1949 through 1955, and made his first recordings with fellow Tristano students Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh in 1949. Since that time Sal has recorded more records with Konitz and Marsh and also with Oscar Pettiford, Miles Davis, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Peter Ind, Jimmy Halperin (just to name a few) and has recorded for labels such as Atlantic, Verve, Interplay, and Zinnia. Sal also accompanied singers Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday; he played with Charlie Parker at Birdland. Hundreds of students (pianists, guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, trumpeters, and sax players) have studied with Sal, and most remain connected to his teaching and music for a lifetime.

Since 1976 Sal has released a number of recordings as a solo pianist, which display his remarkable and spontaneous two-handed, multi-lined approach and unique ability to stretch out like no other. During his long career he has performed at Carnegie Recital and Alice Tully Halls, NY's Town Hall, most of the NYC jazz clubs since the 1950s, and toured Europe a few times as a soloist or with Warne Marsh. Sal Mosca will turn 76 in 2003 and in his own words, "[he] continues to strive for perfection."

For more information contact either Don Messina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Institute of Jazz Studies (973-353-5595)for directions and additional information. CDs by Sal Mosca will be available for sale after the program. And who knows, perhaps Sal will make an appearance with the Jimmy Halperin Trio. The Dana Room is located in the John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers Univ., Newark Campus, University Ave.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sal Mosca
  • Event Date: January 23, 2002 (7 to 9 PM)
  • Subtitle: Round Table Discussion - Concert
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