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Cracchiolo, Sal (Salvator William Cracchiolo II)

Cracchiolo, Sal [Salvator William Cracchiolo II], trumpet; b. Long Beach, CA, 3 October 1954. He's the son of two talented music teachers.  His father, Sal Cracchiolo I, owned a music studio where he taught piano and played professional accordion.  His mother, Edith, was his first trumpet teacher and started Sal on trumpet at the age of 12.  He played in concert, marching and jazz band in high school.  By his Junior and Senior year of High School, he was attending Cerritos Colllege playing in their jazz and concert bands.  The teachers he had studied with were Jimmy Stamp, Claude Gordon, Don Ferrara and Bobby Shew.

He started working as a professional musician at 15 in nightclubs with various Latin and R&B bands.  In 1970, he started a long musical friendship with Poncho Sanchez, which ultimately led to being the original trumpet player when the Poncho Sanchez Latin Band started in 1977 and recording 18 albums.  Between working with Poncho, in the 1980's, he was a memeber of the Pasadena City College Big Band under the direction of saxophonist, Gary Foster.  While in this band, Sal played with such jazz greats as Warren Marsh, Lee Konitz, and Peter Erskine.

In the late-80's, Poncho started travelling internationally.  Since then, with Poncho and other acts, Sal has travelled to 25 countries globally.  Also with Poncho, he has played and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Chick Corea, Stanley Turentine, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Clare Fischer, Gary Foster, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Harris, Joey DeFrancesco, Dianne Reeves, Freddie Hubbard, Terrence Blanchard, Justo Almario, Alex Acuna, Andy Martin and Celia Cruz. Some of the jazz festivals Sal has performed at are the Monterey, Playboy, concord, and Nice Jazz Festivals plus many others throughout the U.S., Europe, Canad, Mexico, South America, Thailand and Japan.
In addition, he has played on such movie soundtracks as "The Mambo Kings", "The HBO Cinema Latin Session", "Luminarias" and "A Million to Juan".  In Canada he has been featured on the soundtrack for the hit TV show "Da Vinci's Inquest."  He has also done worldwide tours with such artists as Tom Jones, Vicki Carr, Brian Setzer, Pete Escovedo, Johnny Polanco, Tolu, Greg Adams (of Tower of Power) and as a solo artist in Japan.
He is presently performing, writing, recording and touring with his own sextet featuring his wife, Melanie Jackson, on vocals.  They are also sponsored by the California Arts Council.

Sal is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician.  He plays the YTR6310Z Trumpet and YFH6310Z Flugelhorn.  He is a member of the AFM Local 47 in Los Angeles, and a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Sal Cracchiolo and Melanie Jackson Sextet: Fly (2001), Spirit (2003) 
As sideperson:
Poncho Sanchez: El Conguero (1985), Papo Gato (1986), Fuerte  (1987), La Familia (1988), Chile Con Soul (1989), Cambios (1990), A Night With Poncho Sanchez, Live (1990), A Night At Kimball's East (1990), Bailar (1990), El Mejor (1992), Para Todos (1993), Baila Mi Gente - Salsa!  (Compilation - 1996), Freedom Sound (1997), The Jazz Heritage Series (Compilation - 1998), Afro Cuban Fantasy (1998), Latin Soul  - Live Album (1999), Soul of the Conga (2000), Latin Spirits (2001); Vinny Golia Large Ensemble: Pilgrimage To Obscurity (1990); Marcos Loya:  Love Is The Reason (1991); Tito Puente: Mambo Kings Soundtrack For The Movie (1991); Tambu International Ensemble: Song To The Ancestors (1992); Brian Setzer:  Guitar Slinger (1995); Garcia Brothers:  Jazz Con Clave (1996); Vinny Golia:  The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble Live In Portland (1996); Yoboso:  Off The Menu (1998); Bobby Shew: Salsa Caliente (1998); Jose Rizo:  Jazz On the Latin Side All Stars Vol. I & II  (2000)
Poncho Sancez: A Night At Kimball's East (1991)

Albela, Patricia; "In Love And In Music: Sal Cracchiolo & Melanie Jackson" Feature Article: LA Jazz Scene Magazine, May 2002
Yanow, Scott;  "Trumpet Kings:  The Players Who Shaped The Sound Of Jazz Trumpet"; Backbeat Books, 2001
Yanow, Scott; "Afro Cuban Jazz" ; Miller Friedman Books, 2000
Urso, Joe; "The Upper Register"; Big Bear Publishing, 1996

The CD "Fly" was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2001. 
Poncho Sanchez's CD "Latin Soul" won a Grammy in 1999

Contact information:
Sal Cracchiolo and Melanie Jackson
16445 Gard Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650   USA
phone: (562) 924-1273     fax:  (562) 924-7554

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