Grover Sales was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1920. After serving in the Army Air Corps in Southeast Asia during World
War II he studied at Reed College, Portland, Oregon and later at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received
his BA in history. In his fifty-year career as a jazz critic he was known for his strongly opinionated and literate writing.
Sales also wrote about film and cultural politics. His books include Jazz: America's Classical Music, a biography of John
Maher, and the very successful book he co-authored with his wife, The Clay-Pot Cookbook. He taught jazz history for several
years at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Jazz school. Sales also
worked as the publicist for the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1958 to 1965. Grover Sales died in 2004.