Sales, Grover 1919-2004

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SALES, Grover 1919-2004

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born October 26, 1919, in Louisville, KY; died of kidney failure, February 14, 2004, in Tiburon, CA. Critic, educator, and author. Sales was best known as a scholar of jazz music. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he attended Reed College for two years and earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1949. He continued his studies into graduate school, but left in 1951 to embark on a career as a film and music critic. He also started a public relations firm in San Francisco that handled publicity for the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1958 to 1965. Sales contributed articles and reviews to magazines such as California Living, Saturday Review, Newsday, and Jazz: A Quarterly of American Music, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s often appeared on television programs in San Francisco. Around this time, he also began teaching, first as a faculty member at the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater and then at the University of California Extension in Berkeley. Later, in the 1980s, he was an instructor at San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Stanford University. Sales was the author, with his wife, of The Clay-Pot Cookbook (1974), as well as the author of John Maher of Delancey Street (1976) and Jazz: America's Classical Music (1984).



Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2004, p. B11.

San Francisco Chronicle, February 25, 2004, p. A19.