Sal Mosca, jazz pianist, father, brother, teacher, and friend, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2007, in White Plains, New York. He was 80 years old.
Sal enjoyed a nearly seven decade career of improvisational jazz piano that touched the lives of many people. Perhaps more so than his music, Sal's values for living affected everyone who knew him. Those who knew Sal only from appreciation of his music surely were able to glean the depth of his commitment to purity and the integrity he brought to everything he produced.
Sal was, and will remain, a teacher in every sense of the word. The philosophy he articulated and lived was one of simple and complete dedication to the spirit of creation undiluted by external influence. Sal rejected commercialism, populism, consumerism, and the faddish. In their place, he maintained and nurtured the values of thrift, independence, freedom, self improvement and self exploration. Most of all, Sal believed in generosity. Sal gave everything away: his thoughts, his time, his values, his music.
While Sal may have been viewed by some as iconoclastic, in reality he was a rock of tradition that, by remaining true to quality, threatened the evolving status quo. By this, Sal demonstrated his courage in the face of enormous forces urging compromise and conformity.
Sal is survived by his three children and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by the thousands of souls whose lives he touched with his words and his music.
Gratefully, Sal was able to record a body of incredible music during his lifetime that will live on as ethereal vibrations that will inspire, soothe, and amaze us for the years and generations to come. Life is fragile; art perseveres.
"Music is your own experience, your own
thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your
horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man,
there's no boundary line to art."
"Your Requiem is finished. It has made me sad, for I
sang it with all my heart."
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