Bill Huntington is a long time friend and like a big brother to Sal. He was Sal's bass teacher when he was 19, and taught Sal everything he knows about the sound and setup of a jazz player's upright bass. He has played on numerous recordings, and is internationally known as a great jazz player. Recordings include "Line for Lion" with Rebecca Berry, which was also produced by Bill Huntington; Ellis Marsalis-"A Night at Snug Harbor","On the First Occasion","Syndrome"; Bennie Wallace-"The Old Songs","White Men Can't Jump"(movie soundtrack),"Talk of the Town","Blaze"(movie soundtrack); Mose Allison-"In My Backyard"; Mike Pellera-"Cloud Nine"; Dr. John-"Dis Dat or D' Udda"; Steve Masakowski-"Friends". For over 25 years Sal has done setups on Bill's basses and guitars.

Double – bassist Miloslav Hrdlík , born in Praha (Prague), Czechoslovakia – today Czech Republic. He studied at the Prague Conservatory with the prominent pedagogue Prof. František Pošta. He was the double bass virtuoso and the principal double – bassist of the Czech Philharmonic for 32 years. Until 1968 Miloslav Hrdlík was the principal double – bassist of the Prague Radio Symphony and the soloist of the Czechos lovak Chamber Orchestra. After a year of playing as the assistant principal double – bassist of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, he became a member of the New Orleans Symphony, USA, in 1969. Since 1991 he was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra until 2003. Hrdlík is playing with his own bow frog which was patented in 1964 (the frog combines the German and French bow abilities). Since 1971 he is using his own double bass rosin (the rosin allowes the string to be pulled exceedingly well in a wide range of temperatures with the purest sound). Sal completely restored his Galliano double bass and setup his other double bass. Hrdlík’s compact discs of solo classical double bass with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Radio Chamber Orchestra can be purchased at Salvador's shop and at the Good Rockin’ store , 365 Perea Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 (behind St. Louis Cathedral), phone 504 525 2522. E-mail:

“American music, Texas style.” That’s Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s four-word description of his freewheeling musical philosophy (it’s also the title of his 1999 album). A living monument to the melting pot of American regional styles, he’s been dishing up his personal gumbo of blues, R&B, country, swing, bebop and Cajun for more than half a century. Born into a musical family in Vinton, Louisiana and raised in Orange, Texas, close to the Gulf Coast, “Gate,” as he’s known to friends and fans, has been a headliner for most of his 80 years. Along the way, he’s kept audiences rocking, swinging and two-stepping all over the world, from his early days on the Southern “chittlin’ circuit” to concert halls, international blues festivals and network TV. A multi-instrumentalist, he fields a daunting arsenal of guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola – just about anything with strings – as well as harmonica and drums.The list of insomniac Gatemouth Brown disciples is a very long one, including everyone from Guitar Slim to Frank Zappa, Albert Collins to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Sal has done fret jobs and setups on Gatemouth's Gibson Firebird and also done work on his violins and other guitars.

Steve Masakowski has long been regarded as one of the most awe-inspiring guitarists and composers in contemporary music. Steve is a major voice whose extraordinary musicality has been welcomed in concert with such jazz greats as Woody Shaw, Carl Fontana, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Smith, Sam Rivers and, most recently, Dianne Reeves, Bennie Wallace and Rick Margitza. Among the awards and honors that he has garnered are two National Endowment For The Arts fellowships, several grants from The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and one from the Louisiana Division of The Arts. Steve's own recordings include: "What It Was" (Blue Note), "Direct AXEcess" (Blue Note), "Mars"(Nebula), "Friends" (Nebula), "For Joe" (Compass) and Moon and Sand. His dynamic solo work can also be heard on recordings by Reeves, Mose Allison, Alvin "Red" Tyler and Margitza. Steve is a member of the celebrated New Orleans jazz group Astral Project and plays a custom seven-string guitar made by Sal (pictured).

James has performed in concert with such modern jazz musicians as John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Art Baron, Ellis Marsalis, Earl Turbinton and Eddie Harris. He has appeared with swing and traditional greats Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lionel Hampton, Arnette Cobb and Banu Gibson. His extensive recording credits include work with Chet Baker, Alvin "Red" Tyler, James Booker, Charlie Rich and Zachary Richard. James is the bassist for Astral Project and produced their album "Elevado". He is also leader of the experimental group 3 Now 4, which has released a self-titled debut debut and the new "Book of Spells"(G.E.S.). Sal has done major restoration on several upright basses owned by James.

Mark Whitfield has performed and recorded with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Jack McDuff, Betty Carter, Carmen McCrae, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Cleo Laine, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Turrentine, Clark Terry and many more. As a result of the popularity awarded gained while amassing this impressive resume, Whitfield was dubbed "The Best Young Guitarist In The Business", by The New Tork Times. In September of 1990, Warner Brothers Records released Whitfield's debut solo recording, "The Marksman" to widespread critical acclaim and impressive sales. In the decade to follow Whitfield released two subsequent recordings for Warner Brothers, five for Polygram's Verve Label, and two for Herbie Hancock's ground breaking label, Transparent Music. Mark owns a custom acoustic six string guitar made by Sal (pictured).

Bassist, composer, and arranger, Roland Guerin has already made a formidable contribution to the world of jazz. From providing unique and melodic bass lines, to dazzling audiences worldwide with his mastered slap bass technique, Guerin has begun to emerge to the forefront of the international jazz arena. He has performed with such greats as George Benson, Jimmy Scott, Frank Morgan, Vernel Fournier, and Gerry Mulligan. He also participated in the recording of several albums, including Ellis Marsalis' release, "Twelves It", Marcus Roberts', "Cole After Midnight", "In Honor of Duke", the Grammy nominated "Portraits in Blue" and "Blues for New Millennium", Allen Toussaint's, "Connected", and Mark Whitfield's, "Mark Whitfield" and "Forever Love". Roland owns a custom six string acoustic bass guitar made by Sal (pictured).

Chris Severin has performed with many jazz greats, including: Dr. John, Dianne Reeves, Ellis Marsalis , Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Lou Rawls, Alvin Batiste, Herlin Riley, Victor Goines, Irma Thomas and Kent Jordan. He has toured worldwide to such venues as the Bern Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival, Montreau and the Nexus Night Club. He has also been selected by top jazz recording companies such as Blue Note Records, Rounder Records and Windham Hill Records. He also serves on the faculty of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Chris owns a six string electric bass guitar made by Sal (pictured).

Edwin has performed live and or recorded with: Alvin Batiste, James Clay, Marchel Ivery, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, LaMont Johnson, Martin Banks, Irvin Mayfield, Los Hombres Calientes, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Joanne Brackeen, Horacio “El Negro“ Hernandez, Steve Masakowski, Laughing Calf Jazz Quartet, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Harrison jr., Bill Summers, Paul Jackson, Mike Clark, The Headhunters, Ricky Sebastian, Hot Buttered Rhythm, David Amram, Don Braden, Henry Butler, Mulgrew Miller, Elvin Jones, Earl Turbinton, Eric Leeds, Billy Childs, Deep Banana Blackout, D. J. Logic, Leni Stern, Lionel Loueke, Javier Vercher, and others. He has performed at various festivals and venues in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, England, Portugal, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan and has had numerous appearances throughout the U.S. In the major motion picture "Ray" Edwin portrays Ray’s bassist with the octet and the big band.

Henry Lee, violinist, is a 20 year veteran of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra. He recieved his music performance degree from the prestigious Seoul National University in Seol, South Korea. He also was a guest soloist for the Seol Philharmonic and the first violinist for the KBS Orchestra. The promininent Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee had invited him to study in the States where he then pursued his graduate degree from Louisiana State University's School of Music. He has performed all over the world, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, and throughout concert halls of Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Bonn, Milan, Mexico City, and Geneva. Henry Lee performs on a circa 1760 Guiseppe (Joseph) Gagliano, which he brings to Sal for setups and maintenance.

Pat Alvarez started out playing in church at Victory Fellowship for several years and recording the bass tracks for the live recording "The River", then moving on to traveling with Jesse Duplantis Ministries for the next ten years, where he is currently pursuing his career in praise and worship. He combines a modern slap style with melodic solos and beautiful chord melodies. Pat plays a custom six string electric bass made by Sal (pictured).