Swing Artist: Sal Andolina

Who hasn’t had that late Friday night yearning to close up your exam studying or slide your glasses off your nose and rub your eyes…all while thinking, “I need to clear my head”?

If you’re fortunate enough to live in any big city, one of the places you end up finding yourself at is a good jazz bar, right?!  You know the place.  The feeling of belonging as you mingle with others around you because only that ‘certain type’ of person is going to go hang for Jazz, but WOW, when the sax starts flowing, and the bass starts rolling, and your feet start tapping; that’s when you know that tonight this music is going to go down smooth and that History exam you have next week?  What exam?  Forget about it.  I need some Sal Andolina right now, not more boring western civilization theory!

Over at Conquer Entertainment, we’ve got everything from Hip Hop to cool Pop, from eclectic rock to Country stock.  But boy, do we also got dat Jazz.

And no one represents it better than Sal.  What’s he all about?  Really, are you kidding?

For virtuoso clarinetist Sal Andolina, the famous Benny Goodman wasn’t just the original King of Swing, he was also his personal acquaintance!  They first met about 20 years ago before Benny passed, but the encounter provided special inspiration for young Sal.  What propelled him to be the next King of Swing was getting to actually work and be coached by Benny Goodman himself.  As Andolina recalled,

“That’s the amazing thing to have a legend – a man who was the king of an era and a musical style, who did so much for the clarinet – sitting so close, hearing and watching every note I played.”

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“Afterwards, Benny came up to me and told me, and with a big smile on his face, said that he loved the sound he heard…just the way they used to play in his day.”  Andolina continued, “I asked him if he ever coached other clarinet players?  Before you know it, I was at his house the next day for hours and hours…he knows everything about music.”

These coaching sessions propelled Conquer Jazz star Sal Andolina to a career as a bass clarinetist and saxophonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as countless Jazz concerts across the globe.  He has even been called to perform with the original Goodman band!

If you’re feeling the need for some sax and bass thumping in the smoky little Jazz bar over on 5th and Vine, why not get on over or else follow this link and pick up some of Sal’s music from his own Conquer site?  The toe tapping begins here: