He started playing alto sax, switching to tenor in 1956 and briefly played baritone sax. In 1965, he joined Count Basie but returned on many occasions to play with Herman. He also played with Nat Adderley, Don Ellis, Stan Tracey, Chuck Mangione and Buddy Rich.
While not a well-known public figure, he was highly respected by his fellow tenor sax players as a "musicians' musician". Sal's solo work contrasts his big band work. The solo work is more bebop oriented, as heard on the Heavyweights recordings.
- Heavyweights by David Rickert
- Heavyweights by C. Andrew Hovan
November 20, 2017
Sal Nistico at Carmelo's, 1981
January 30, 2017
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
East Of Isar