DOM SALVADOR is the legendary Brazilian jazz musician and composer considered to be one of “fathers” of the samba-jazz movement. Besides his celebrated solo career, he also has extensive international experience as accompanist of MPB acts such as Elis Regina, Quarteto em Cy, Jorge Ben, Edu Lobo, Rosinha de Valença, Sílvia Telles, and Elza Soares. His Rio 65 Trio, which had arguably the best Brazilian drummer of all time, Edison Machado, recorded a few albums, including one in Germany. His musical and political research also led him to be a precursor of the Black Rio movement, putting together the musicians who would later form the homonymous band.
At 12 he was already playing in an orchestra in his hometown. At 23 he was already famous there and decided to move to São Paulo. He became the pianist of the Lancaster nightclub, the meeting point of the city's jazz musicians. Joining the Copa Trio, he moved to Rio and played in the famous jazz scene Beco Das Garrafas (Rio's 52nd Street), where he accompanied the then novice artists Elis Regina, Quarteto em Cy, and Jorge Ben.
In 1965, he formed the Rio 65 Trio, with bassist Sérgio Barroso and drummer Edison Machado, which performed around and recorded Rio 65 Trio in the same year. In 1966, the trio toured Europe, accompanying Edu Lobo, Rosinha de Valença, Silvia Telles, and Rubens Bassini through nine countries. The trio recorded an album in Germany that included Salvador's famous song "Meu Fraco é Café Forte." In the same year, Salvador played in the U.S., returning there again while accompanying Elza Soares.
After a while he retired from the artistic scene and traveled while researching music and formed the black-only group Abolição, which was the core of the movement that combined Black/Soul Music with Funk and Samba, and paved the way for other groups such as the world famous Banda Black Rio. The group Abolição recorded the seminal album Som, Sangue E Raça - Dom Salvador e Abolição in 1971, still widely regarded as a classic recording.
In the mid-70’s Salvador relocated to the USA and started many successful musical collaborations, including work as the musical director and pianist for Harry Belafonte. Salvador continued to record and perform his music under many different configurations.
Some of his later recordings include: “My Family” from 1976; “Puro Amor”, “Rio Claro Suite” from 1984, “Romantic Interlude at the River Café”, “Unconditional Love”(2000), “Transition” from 1997.
Salvador has also participated on recent jazz festivals both in Brazil and USA with his group. Some of his notable performances include the Chivas Jazz Festival Brazil in 2003, and an emotional return to the legendary Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro after 45 years, to perform at the CopaFest festival 2010.
He is bound to be included on the Guinness Book of Records for his long engagement (34 years +) as the pianist for the world-famous River Café, situated in Brooklyn, NY.