Professional Bio

  • M.M., Composition, University of Denver
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of California
  • B.S., Mathematics and Computer Science, Florida State University
Denver jazz pianist Marc Sabatella teaches applied and jazz piano at Regis, and directs the Jazz Ensemble. Sabatella received an M.M. in Composition (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Denver, where he currently teaches jazz theory. Sabatella is recognized internationally as the author of "A Jazz Improvisation Primer." This work is perhaps the oldest and best known online jazz reference in the world. It has been translated into several other languages and is published in printed form as "A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation." He has also written and published "The Harmonic Language of Jazz Standards," a text on understanding chord progressions.

For two years, Sabatella could be heard leading the band every Friday night at Denver's most famous jazz club, El Chapultepec, and he was the house pianist there for six years in all. He has worked with most of the area's top players, including Keith Oxman, Fred Hess, Ron Miles, Art Lande, and Hugh Ragin, as well as jazz greats such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Allan Harris, Greg Abate, Red Holloway, Pete Christlieb, Marcus Printup, Wessell Anderson, Javon Jackson, Chico Freeman, Mel Martin, and Sunny Wilkinson. Sabatella has released several recordings as a leader in addition to appearing as a sideman on CDs by Hess and Ragin. His latest release is Determination, a quartet recording.