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."