Shawn Salmon - Chicago Guitarist, Educator, Composer/Arranger, and Bandleader

Dr. Shawn Salmon is the Director of Jazz Studies and head of the guitar studio for the Music Department at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Salmon is the director of the SXU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and SXU Guitar Ensemble. In addition to directing, Dr. Salmon teaches courses in jazz history, jazz theory and arranging, improvisation, and applied guitar. In 2015 Dr. Salmon created and developed the SXU Music Department's newest degree track: a Bachelors of Music in Performance with a Jazz Emphasis. To coincided with the new degree track, Dr. Salmon also runs several jazz events at Saint Xavier including the SXU Jazz Combo Festival, SXU-Southside Summer Jazz Camp, and SXU Jazz Guitar Workshop Day.

Shawn performs regularly with his own trio as well with various jazz, rock, and blues groups in and around Chicago. Shawn has performed at such Chicago venues as The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, The Park West, Navy Pier, the Chicago Shedd Aquarium, Pete Miller's Steak House, Reggies Music Hall, and Hard Rock Cafe.

In 2014 Shawn join the Chicago jazz quintet Tenor Madness with bassist Paul Musser, drummer Peter Mack, and saxophonists Casey Fitzpatrick and Rytas Vygantas. Tenor Madness released their debut album Convergence on CD Baby in 2016.

Convergence is available for download at:

You can also stream Convergence