Lovano, Joe [Joseph Salvatore ]
- Michael Baumgartner
[Joseph Salvatore ]
(b Cleveland, OH, Dec 29, 1952). American tenor saxophonist. He had his first lessons on alto saxophone with his father, a tenor saxophonist, before switching to tenor in 1964 and taking up drums four years later. In his youth he played post-bop, mainly in his father’s band. At the Berklee School of Music (1971–2) he began studying modal jazz, concentrating on John Coltrane’s approach, and played avant-garde jazz with his peers Bill Frisell and John Scofield. After touring with the popular singer Tom Jones (1972) he returned to Cleveland, where he worked with two organists, Lonnie Smith (Afro-Desia, 1975) and Brother Jack McDuff. He moved to New York in May 1976 and worked as a favored soloist in Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd. He toured Europe twice with the band and took part in its 40th anniversary concert in November 1976, a recording of which was released on RCA. After leaving Herman in ...