Education Jerry Sabatini earned a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation as a trumpet performance major from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2009. He studied jazz, world and experimental improvisational music, personal style, and composition with Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, Peter Row, Frank Carlberg, Allan Chase, Dominique Eade, David Harris and Charles Schlueter. In 2009 he was the featured soloist for the premiere of Anthony Coleman’s, Jeder MiBbrauch wird bestraft for trumpet, jazz piano trio and three Mbiras at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall. He graduated with honors and was nominated for the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Current Band Projects In 1995 Jerry founded the jazz septet, Sonic Explorers, which he currently leads, performs on trumpet and flugelhorn as well as composes and arranges the band’s repertoire. In that same year, Sonic Explorers were premiered at the Discovery Jazz Festival in Burlington, VT. Their sound encompasses a wide range of instrumental styles and moods including traditional to modern jazz, funk, avant garde and experimental music, as well as Eastern European and Asian folk and classical music traditions. The band has released four independent CDs (Birth of The Kakalla �" 1996; Beatnik Oblivion �" 1998; So Far, So Near �" 2002;Lore of The Land �" 2007 all on their label, NadaBrahma Records). In 2007, Jerry was recognized as a finalist in the Massachusetts Cultural Commission’s Music Composition Awards where he featured three compositions from Lore of the Land. Sonic Explorers can be heard performing in festivals, clubs, concert halls and on the radio throughout the east coast.
Jerry also leads and co-leads several other projects including Roving Soul, a trio with Jerry on trumpet and flugelhorn, Chris Veilleux on saxes and flute, and Greg Loughman on acoustic bass. This band features mostly original compositions and arrangements of ethnic folk songs carefully prepared by the members of the band. They will be releasing their debut CD in the winter of 2011. Angels and Artifice is an experimental improvisational trio with Jerry on trumpet, voice, and auxiliary “sound-making objects”, Chris Veilleux on alto and soprano saxes, flute, Turkish nay and voice, and Mike Connors on percussion and voice. This trio features extended group and/or solo improvisations using short composed instrumental and spoken word “vignettes” as points of departures and segues. Iskar is a quartet that channels elements of jazz, Balkan music, electronica, and progressive rock into a modern free jazz jam band format. Iskar features Jerry on trumpet, Mike Connors on drums, Greg Loughman on bass and Phil Sargent on guitar.