|Written by Skip Spratt|
Sal Lozano is one of the most sought-after saxophonists and woodwind players working in Los Angeles today. Equally comfortable in the theater, studio or on stage as a featured member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Sal’s presence has become somewhat expected among section players in Los Angeles. Although his name may not be familiar, this native Californian is one of the most recorded woodwind players in recent years. During the past three years, his visibility has increased with his weekly contributions on the hit shows Dancing With The Stars and American Idol.
In addition to his commercial success, Sal Lozano remains a wonderful jazz soloist, serious woodwind player and of course - trained saxophonist. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Riverside Philharmonic.
Sal has earned a much coveted seat among “the guys” in L.A. Equally adept at playing all the saxophones and woodwinds, Sal is the guy others want sitting next to them in the section. He is capable and confident. Although Sal himself is a saxophone force to be reckoned with, he can be heard singing the praises of other talents around him. The respect and the admiration he has for his contemporaries is genuine and he often gives credit where due. “There are a handful of people who raise the bar as far as I’m concerned. One of them is a man named Gene Cipriano…Bob Sheppard is an incredible lead alto player and most people see him as a tenor player…Dan (Higgins) and Eric (Marienthal) are both wonderful to hear. They both bring something different to the table…Bill Liston…is an absolutely phenomenal musician, composer, arranger, woodwind player and monster improviser.”
Recently, I had the opportunity to be Sal Lozano’s guest at a local concert in New Jersey. He was playing the 2nd chair in Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. A couple weeks prior to the concert, Sal sent an email to me introducing himself and the upcoming concert in my area. My response was, “I know who you are Sal…maybe I can interview you so others can know you better.” The concert was phenomenal. It was great to see 20 world-class studio players playing jazz and movie music, live on stage in this setting. The near-flawless performance left many with their jaws hanging after the performance.
I’m on my way to a concert with trumpeter Wayne Bergeron’s Band.
Thank God for that. That’s right.
I’m going to be in D.C. on Thursday until Monday and then I have a theater gig back here in L.A. for a week.
Sal Lozano’s Equipment List
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