Jerry has taught trumpet, jazz theory and jazz ensembles at Joy of Music for 21 years! As of the fall of 2014, he has moved on to teach at the Rivers School in Belmont during the days (he also teaches at Cushing Academy during the days) to make more room for his performing at night. We will miss his playing, his humor and his deep commitment to music, to JOMP and to his students. We are keeping his bio on our web site in honor of the huge impact Jerry has had at JOMP.
Jerry Sabatini received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978, where he studied music and performed in small and large jazz ensembles while majoring in electrical engineering. After moving to Massachusetts, he began studying jazz improvisation and composition with tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and jazz theory and history with tenor saxophonist Sam Falzone (Don Ellis Orchestra) and drummer Louie Marino (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell). In May 2009 Jerry received a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers at NEC included Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, Frank Carlberg and Charles Schlueter.
In 1995, Jerry founded The Sonic Explorers, a jazz ensemble which features his compositions, arrangements and trumpet work. The group has recorded four CDs to date. Among the many other bands and individuals Jerry has performed with throughout New England are Elliot Sharpe, Fred Frith, Anthony Coleman, Oliver Lake, the Makanda Project, Roving Soul and the Mark Marquis Group. He has recorded with many musicians in a wide variety of musical styles. Jerry teaches at his home studio in Leominster.