Bassist for hire:
Marco Salazar is a freelance bassist from the Hudson Valley whose chameleon-like style morphs to fit whatever he is asked to play, as a sideman or as an artist. He performs R&B with both fretted and fretless bass, traditional jazz, swing, bebop, Latin, smooth, and acid jazz with both precision and creativity in his solos, acoustic pop, and straight-up rock music. Marco began his study of music at the age of 9 with percussion and drums, switching to bass at age 12.
He studied jazz and contemporary music under the tutelage of Matthew Field and David Miele, working his way up the ranks at the school until he was in both the All-Star Band (popular music) and Jazz All-Star Band playing at charity benefits and festivals. He later studied piano to enhance his knowledge of theory, composition, and arranging, expanding his knowledge to numerous popular genres and eventually studying Jazz with famed composer and Jazz guitarist James Emery, and well-known pianist and Jazz composer Chris Parker. He also studied improvisation with Larry Moses, well-known local jazzmen and composers Dan and Robert Shaut, and jazz musician Dennis Yerry. He has studied and continues to study with John Arbo.
A public performer since the age of 12, Marco has performed at the Falcon, the Chance, and for many local business events, community events, and festivals. He played Bethel Woods at age 16 and has worked with professional bands, party bands, and original projects all over the Hudson Valley. He has composed original basslines for local singer-songwriters and original pieces for local theater. He is an in-demand bassist for recording sessions, festivals, late-night dance gigs, bar gigs, recitals, background music, and corporate events. He holds Associates degrees in both Jazz/Commercial Music and Liberal Arts/Humanities from SUNY Orange in Middletown and is continuing at Berklee College of Music on scholarship, working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and Composition, currently deferred due to Covid. He offers both in-person and virtual lessons, teaching 4, 5, and 6 string bass guitar, including 5-string fretless bass, in all genres.