Charley Sabatino

Charley Sabatino's Biography

Charley Sabatino is a veteran bassist with more than 35 years of experience. He plays both upright and electric bass, encompasses a wide range of styles and plays throughout the NY/Metro Area. Highlights of his career include performances at the 2017 Stockholm Jazz Festival, Headliners at the Village Gate, 92nd St. Y, Cat Club, New Music Seminar, the Cabaret Circuit with clients of the William Morris Agency, The Today Show backing the Children’s Aid Society Chorus and Lincoln Center with Ben Vereen. Charley co-leads The Velocity Duo, a free composed music group that has released a CD (Dichotomies) and toured through the United States and Europe. He has also been a part of the Lauren Lee Space Jazz Trio (album The Consciousness Test released in early 2016) and Salmonella Fitzgerald and the Retro Remix Orchestra. Charley freelances on electric and upright bass and works on his own projects.

Charley is the Music Director of the Jazz Workshop at the Cadenza Music School, which was named 2012 Best Music School in Queens. He also teaches electric bass, upright bass, theory and improvisation both in-person and via Skype to students of all talent levels and ages. His students are attendees or graduates of CCNY, Berklee School of Music, Five Towns College, University of North Texas, Montclair State University, Youngstown State, Washington University, Lafayette College and the British & Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM). His Skype students live throughout the United States and five other continents.

Charley also gives highly acclaimed clinics on the fundamentals of electric and upright bass, as well as improvisation for all instruments.

Charley is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He is also endorsed by Lakland Basses, SIT strings, Lathon Bass Wear, Hartke Amplifiers, Kahler Bridges, Igig cases and Conquest Sound, and has been profiled in Bass Player Magazine (July 2014) and the podcast Contrabass Conversations.

Charley holds a Master of Arts in Music from LIU CW Post. He has studied with Billy Bauer, Harvie S., Jeff Andrews, Tony Oppenheim, Lyn Christie and Mike Pope.

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