Marc Sabatella is a Denver-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. Marc is known for his groundbreaking performances with string quartet and other creative ensembles. In addition to his long run as the house pianist and bandleader at the historic jazz club El Chapultepec, Marc has headlined at virtually all other Denver area jazz clubs over the years, including Dazzle, Vartan Jazz, Trios, and Sambuca. Marc has worked with the area’s top players as well as jazz greats Denis DiBlasio, John Fedchock, Bobby Shew, Charles MacPherson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Allan Harris, Greg Abate, Red Holloway, Pete Christlieb, Marcus Printup, Wessell Anderson, Javon Jackson, Mel Martin, Chico Freeman, Sunny Wilkinson, and others.
Marc has released several recordings as a leader in addition to appearing as a sideman on several CDs by Fred Hess, Keith Oxman, and Hugh Ragin. His most recent recording is Determination, a quartet session featuring saxophonist Keith Oxman.
Marc is recognized worldwide as the author of the classic free reference A Jazz Improvisation Primer and for his contributions to the open source music notation software MuseScore. Marc was also a transcriber and editor for the acclaimed Real Book series of fakebooks from Hal Leonard.
Marc holds a Masters degree in Composition from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he taught jazz theory for over ten years. Marc also teaches at Regis University and for the Colorado Jazz Workshop.