Sal Nistico

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Salvatore Nistico, 12 April 1948, Syracuse, New York, USA, d. 3 March 1991, Berne, Switzerland. Nistico started out on alto saxophone, later switching to tenor and joining an R&B band. In the late 50s he joined the Jazz Brothers, a band led by Gap and Chuck Mangione. In 1962 he became a member of the Woody Herman band, to which he returned frequently during the next two decades. Also in the 60s he spent some time in the band of Count Basie and early in the 70s he was with Don Ellis. In the next few years he worked with Buddy Rich and Slide Hampton, with whom he visited Europe. Eventually he settled in Europe, working there through the 80s. A bristling, aggressive player in the post-bop tradition, Nistico’s live and recorded performances are filled with excitement and a vitality that made his sudden death in 1991 all the more tragic.

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