Nestor was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. His musical experiences in the music was at age 8, during seasonal family festivities, where he had to play either Claves, or Maracas, or Guiro, or Bell, or Pandereta, or be part of the choir. By age 10 Salazar’s family has moved to Levittown, near Cataño, along the northern shore of the island. There, and in Loiza, he started participating in small open rumbas with African descendent rumberos, acquiring the fundamental knowledge he would later put into practice, learning basic rhythms for the Congas, Batas, Bongos, Timbales, and Tambora, playing Calypso, Bomba, Plena, Guaguanco, Merengues and 6/8 rumbas.
His world music education continued when he joined the U.S. Navy to see the world; first he was stationed in Charleston, S.C. and began to learn about jazz. Then, as the ship set sail, his opportunities to learn continued. In Spain he gathered with the gypsies of Rota and Cartagena, learning patterns for the Castañuelas, the Tambourine and the Cajon, as well as Flamenco patterns for the palms of his hands. Then, in Tunisia and Morocco, Nestor learned about basic patterns for Darabuka. Now based in Dallas, in addition to being a fine school teacher, Mr. Salazar is enjoying a career as a busy local and international (Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Spain) touring percussionist. He has done both live and recording work in the DFW area, Puerto Rico, California and Las Vegas.