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Marc Sabatella

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Born: February 24, 1965    Primary Instrument: Piano

Marc Sabatella is a jazz pianist based in Denver, Colorado. Whether playing with his award-winning band, in solo performance, or in partnership with other musicians, Marc emphasizes textural variety, energetic yet intelligent improvisation, and a creative sense of groove. The result is an intensely personal music that has proven to have unusually broad appeal. Marc has developed a strong reputation both within the jazz community and among musicians and audiences that would not otherwise claim an interest in jazz.

Marc's playing encompasses the entire tradition of modern jazz piano, with influences including Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, and Don Pullen. Marc is also influenced by the musical and compositional ideas of visionaries like Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. Marc incorporates elements of bebop, modalism, and free improvisation into his compositions and his playing, yet his music is always branded with his own instantly recognizable sound....
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As a Leader

Determination
Outside Shore Music
2008
Tracks: Ferengi, Sister Juli, Monk's Got Rhythm, Determination, Spherical Minute, Beneath The Hidden Staircase, Trane's Pal, Triumph, Tranquility, Something Else.
Personnel: Marc Sabatella: piano, Keith Oxman: tenor saxophone, Geoff Cooke: bass, Thomas Van Schoick: drums.

Falling Grace
Outside Shore Music
2000
Tracks: Lucky Southern, Stella By Starlight, Japanese Folk Song, The Orderly Appearance Of Things, Falling Grace, Almanac Blues, First Song, Sister Cheryl, You Look Good To Me.
Personnel: Marc Sabatella: piano, Erik Turkman: bass, Thomas Van Schoick: drums.

As A Side Musician

Doing All Right
Keith Oxman
Capri
2009
Tracks: For Darcy and Lenny, All Dudes, Thiago, Encountering Maestro Elias, I Was Doing All Right, Gerry's Series, Nathanesque, Dial "M" for McMahill, Memphis Gene, Pinwheel, Michel, Sir Thomas B, Lush Life
Personnel: Keith Oxman: tenor saxophone, Marc Sabatella: piano, Brian Wilson: bass, Thomas Van Schoick: drums

Caught Between the Lion and the Twins
Keith Oxman
Capri
2008
Tracks: Caught Between the Lion and the Twins, The Oxman Returneth, Zone Row G, Comrade R.J., Defensive Care, Reverend Lou, Lazy, Saturday Night, East Tritonal Rundown, The Splashers, Rocktober Song, Once There
Personnel: Keith Oxman: tenor saxophone, Marc Sabatella: piano, Brian Wilson: bass, Thomas Van Schoick: drums

Right At Home
Fred Hess
Tapestry
2002
Tracks: Home Base, Right At Home, What Else?, Joe Said, Cathy's Taffy, Notes And Votes, Good Question, Going There, Luther's Promise, Boson, Feel It.
Personnel: Fred Hess: tenor saxophone, Marc Sabatella: piano.

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Wheat Ridge, CO

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Marc Sabatella is famous for his texts, A Jazz Improvisation Primer" (also published as "A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation Primer) and "The Harmonic Language Of Jazz Standards". Marc teaches a year-long course jazz theory at the college level and can produce a clinic on virtually any topic relating to improvisation or theory. Some possible clinics include: - Development of melodic ideas - Use of jazz scale - Learning harmony by ear

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