I was born in 1965 in Manchester, Connecticut, the eldest son of Joseph and Lorraine Sabatella.  I grew up in nearby South Windsor, and our family moved to North Palm Beach, Florida in 1976. I attended Palm Beach Gardens High School and graduated in 1983. I received a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science (double major) from Florida State University in 1987, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. After college, I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where I worked for Hewlett-Packard from 1988 to 1996.

Ever since grade school, music was never far from the forefront of my life. In December of 1996, I made the decision to make it my full time career. In 1999, I moved to the Denver area in order to be part of the active jazz scene there.

Shortly after moving to Denver I became increasingly interested in painting. I studied at the Art Students League of Denver and began showing my work regularly in 2001. Photography was added to the mix a few years later, and I have become proficient enough to have several publications to my name (including the cover of the CD that is #1 on the nationwide jazz charts as I write this) and have even taught workshops on the subject.

I teach at the University of Denver, Regis University, for Coloado Jazz Workshop, and The Gift of Jazz..  I am a contributor to the MuseScore free and open source notation software.  I have written plugins and other utilities, constructed templates and configuration files, and am very active on the forums.

I perform regularly around Denver, shoot concerts when not performing in them, and paint as often as I can.