Shawn Salmon is a guitarist, educator, composer/arranger, and bandleader in Chicago, IL
In 2013 Dr. Salmon took over as the Director of Jazz Studies and Guitar Performance for the Music Department at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Salmon is the director of the SXU Jazz Ensemble and Combos as well as the SXU Guitar Ensemble. He maintains a busy schedule teaching courses in jazz history, Rock and Roll Appreciation, group guitar class, and applied studio guitar and jazz improvisation lessons.
Shawn graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University where he studied with guitarist John McLean. Shawn moved back to Chicago to complete a Master's degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University. While in Chicago Shawn studied with jazz guitarist Bob Palmieri and John Moulder, as well as composition and arranging from Thomas Matta.
After graduating from DePaul, Shawn taught as an adjunct instructor at the Chicago City Colleges as well as maintaining a busy private guitar studio. While in Chicago Shawn performed regularly with his own trio as well as a variety of other jazz, rock, and blues groups in and around Chicago. Shawn has performed at The Park West, Navy Pier, Pete Miller's Steak House, Loopapalooza Music Festival, and Hard Rock Cafe
In 2007, Shawn moved to Muncie, IN to pursue a Doctorate of Arts in Guitar Performance from Ball State University. Shawn continued to lead his own trio and performed as some of the top jazz venues in Indianapolis including The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox Cafe.
Dr. Salmon has presented at the 2010 College Music Society's National Conference, the 2010 Western Illinois International Guitar Festival, and the 2013 Leeds International Jazz Educators Conference in England.
Dr. Salmon has been published in DownBeat Magazine and has several of his own big band compositions and arrangements published with Really Good Music, Inc. Shawn's composition, Belden Bottom Line, won the 2009 Michael Arenson Award from the University of Delaware for best original big band composition and arrangement.