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3 March 1981, Ringwood, New Jersey, USA. Taught piano by his father, Luciano Salvatore, a music teacher who had studied at the Berklee College Of Music with Gary Burton, Sergio Salvatore began performing in public at the age of four. Influenced by jazzmen such as Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, he quickly attracted attention with his mainstream-orientated style. Soon, however, his interests expanded into contemporary areas of jazz and other forms of popular music. On Point Of Presence, on which he was joined by Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Steve Gadd and others, elements of classic rock were rubbing shoulders, not always comfortably, with jazz. Making value judgements on an artist of his age is always speculative, but his precocious talent, allied as it is to a developing commitment to composing original material, suggests that Salvatore is here to stay. Certainly, his solo performances display intelligence and a powerful musical personality.