Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Sabatella, Marc (Joseph)
Sabatella, Marc (Joseph), pianist, author, educator; b. Manchester, CT, February 24, 1965. He was the first child of Joseph Sabatella (b. 1932) and Lorraine (Cormier) Sabatella (b. 1941). His siblings are Michael, b. 1966, Matthew, b. 1968, and Lynn, b. 1971.
Marc lived with his family in South Windsor, CT and studied piano with Elizabeth Scheidel from age 6 until 11 (1976), when his family moved to North Palm Beach, Florida. Marc continued his piano studies with Cindy Kessler. Marc's brother Matthew works as a professional musician (bass, guitar, vocals) in the South Florida area. Marc graduated from Palm Beach Gardens HS, received a BS in Math and Computer Science from Florida State University while also studying theory and improvisation with Bill Kennedy, and then moved in 1987 to earn an MS in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley while also studying piano with Susan Muscarella. After leaving Berkeley in 1988, Marc moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in order to work for Hewlett-Packard. While working at HP, Marc began playing professionally throughout Colorado, working regularly with trumpeter Hugh Ragin among others, and winning the Cognac-Hennessy Best of Colorado Jazz Search in the summer of 1996. At the end of 1996, he quit HP to pursue music full time.Marc moved to the Denver area in 1999, where he continues to live and work regularly. He has released a series of recordings and has performed at most of the area clubs and festivals, including performances with musicians such as Chico Freeman, Javon Jackson, Red Holloway, Sunny Wilkinson, Hugh Ragin, Fred Hess, Ron Miles, Art Lande (with whom he also done some studies), and Phil Urso. He is also active as an educator, teaching privately and doing clinics and workshops in Colorado and Florida. His book "A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation" is used as a textbook at schools and universities. He is influenced by Don Pullen and Charles Min gus, among others.
M.S.: The Spanish Inquisition (1996); Second Course (1997); Falling Grace (1998)
Hugh Ragin / Marc Sabatella: Gallery 1998
Hugh Ragin: Back To Saturn 1994
Fred Hess / Marc Sabatella: Right At Home: 2002
Producer of compilation CD An Internet Jazz Sampler
Numerous live radio braodcasts on KUVO 89.3 FM, Denver
A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation (1996; this is the printed version of my online text "A Jazz Improvisation Primer")
The Harmonic Language of Jazz Standards 2003
Winner of 1996 Cognac-Hennessy Best of Colorado Jazz Search
As a member of Hugh Ragin Collective, winners of same award for 1994