Music Education

Master of Music in Composition with Jazz Emphasis, 2007
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver
Study with David Hanson (composition) and Eric Gunnison (jazz piano)

Independent study at University of Northern Colorado (jazz ensembles), 1995

Independent study with Art Lande and Cecil Taylor (jazz piano and improvisation) at Naropa Institute, 1993

Independent study with Susan Muscarella at University of California, Berkeley (jazz piano), 1987-88

Independent study with William Kennedy at Florida State University (jazz improvisation), 1983-87

Private study with John Cimino (jazz piano), 1982-83

Private study with Cindy Kessler (classical piano, theory), 1976-83

Private study with Elizabeth Scheidel (classical piano, theory) 1971-76

Other Education

Master of Science in Computer Science, 1988
University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science, 1987
Florida State University


Adjunct Faculty in Jazz and Commercial Music, 2007-present
Instructor: Jazz Theory and Aural Skills
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

Adjunct Faculty in Music, 2007-present
Instructor: Jazz Ensemble, Applied Piano, Theory, and Counterpoint
Regis University

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz and Commercial Music, 2005-present
Instructor: Theory III: Jazz Improvisation
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

Guest Lecturer in Music
Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2004-present

Private Instruction in Piano and Improvisation, 1988-present


The Harmonic Language of Jazz Standards
Outside Shore Music, 2003
Textbook on harmonic analysis in the genre of jazz standards

A Whole Approach To Jazz Improvisation
ADG Productions, 1996
Textbook on jazz improvisation


Winner – Cognac-Hennessy Best of Colorado Jazz Search, 1996

Top 20 – Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, 1999


As leader

Outside Shore Music, 2007
A quartet recording of originals by Marc Sabatella and by Keith Oxman

Falling Grace
Outside Shore Music, 2000
A trio recording of jazz standards and originals

Second Course
Cadence Jazz Records, 1998
Mostly jazz originals featuring a variety of ensembles

The Spanish Inquisition
Golden Horn Productions, 1997
Mostly jazz originals featuring a quartet

As co-leader

Right At Home (with Fred Hess)
Tapestry, 2002
A combination of through-composition by Hess and free improvisation

Gallery (with Hugh Ragin)
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1999
Featuring the original title composition, a graphic score

Selected Performances

Dazzle, 2010
Debut of the Marc Sabatella Octet

El Chapultepec, 2006-2008
Leading the Marc Sabatella Quartet in performances every Friday night

El Chapultepec, 2002-2006
House pianist on weekends with the Gene Bass Quartet

Brecht Forum, New York City, 2003
Duo concert with saxophonist Fred Hess

Creative Music Works, 1997/1999/2001
Featured concerts

Numerous performances at virtually all major Denver area clubs, festivals, and concert venues including the Denver Performing Arts Center, Dazzle, Vartan, Sambuca, Trios, Five Points Jazz Festival, and Estes Park Jazz Festival, including appearances with Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Chico Freeman, Wessell Anderson, Marcus Printup, Sunny Wilkinson, Javon Jackson, Red Holloway, Mel Martin, Pete Christlieb, and Cleo Parker Robinson.