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Jerry Sabatini began playing the trumpet in 1969 at age 9 in the New York State public school system. He began studying jazz improvisation and music theory more closely on his own in High School where he arranged several pieces for his school’s jazz ensemble. During this time (mid-late 1970’s), Jerry also formed small jazz combos that gigged around the Albany, Schenectady, Troy area. In 1978, he attended college at SUNY at Buffalo where he majored in electrical engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. At SUNY he also continued to nurture his passion to study and perform music while auditioning for and playing in small and large jazz ensembles. He continued his study of jazz theory and history under the direction of tenor saxophonist Sam Falzone (Don Ellis Orchestra), bebop drummer Louie Marino (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell) and other faculty members of the music department. After moving to Boston in the fall of 1982 he met and began studying jazz improvisation and theory with internationally renowned jazz tenor saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi, whom he cites as one of his deepest inspirational influences.

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