My name is Christian Salut and my nickname is Ton Ton, so everybody knows me as Ton Ton SALUT... and I play the drums.
I'm 58 years old and have played professionally since I was 16. I did a million things until 1980 when I've chosen my jazz life for good. Since then I've played with hundreds of musicians including Sonny Stitt, George Coleman, Sonny Simmons, Herb Geller, Bobby Porcelli, Turk Mauro, Peter King, Ted Curson, Wynton Marsalis, Jerry Gonzalez, Benny Bailey, Joe Newman, Steve Turre, Glenn Ferris, Sarah Morrow, Mal Waldron, George Cables, Siegfried Kessler, Lou Bennett, Rhoda Scott, Judy Blair, Jorge Pardo, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lucky Peterson, Joshua Breakstone and many others from all over the world.
Long time ago I spent some time in New York City, paying my dues to this music and also a lot of time in Africa, playing with the djembé master Maré Sanogo and many diva singers from Mali to Cameroon.
Today, besides the sideman thing, I enjoy a lot playing in the "Hip Jazz Trio" with my friends Abdu Salim (sax & flute) & Akim Bournane (bass). We played together more than 500 concerts since we started in 1993. I love also Abdu Salim's fabulous Freedom Jazz Band with the great musicians Frank Lacy (tb), Philip Harper (trp) and Alain Jean-Marie (p), plus Akim and myself. Recently I've started two new and ambitious projects : a group named Quartier Sud "music from the souths" and an international sextet with the japanese pianist and composer Junko Moriya...
Every summer you can see me at the festival of Marciac where I'm playing and teaching. I also teach classes of Jazz History and Rhythm Workshop at the National Conservatory of Toulouse.
Of course I also have a private life, raising two daughters and spending as much time as I can reading and traveling...
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Abdu Salim told me about it
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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