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Charley Sabatino is an NYC based, veteran bassist, composer and educator with more than 40 years experience.  He plays both upright and electric bass, encompassing a wide range of styles and performs throughout the NY/Metro Area.  Highlights of his career include: 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-led "The Velocity Duo", a free composed music group that has released a CD (“Dichotomies”) and toured through the US and Europe.  Charley's current projects include  Charley Sabatino and Looking Forward spotlights him as composer, arranger, band leader and performer (To find out more, CLICK HERE),a trio where he shares composing duties with Guillermo Gregorio and the Garden Quartet with Charlie Waters, Claire Daly and Jeremy Carlstedt.


Charley was the Music Director of the Jazz Workshop at the Cadenza Music School from 2010 to 2018.   It consisted of ensemble classes of players of many levels and ages learning the art and science of Jazz performance and improvisation.


Charley currently teaches electric and upright bass, theory and  improvisation, both in-person and remotely to students of all levels and ages.  Students include beginners, seasoned performers, Broadway pit musicians and a multi-Grammy winning, multi-platinum performer/producer.  Many of his students are attendees or graduates of CCNY, Berklee School of Music, Julliard, Five Towns College, University of North Texas, Montclair State U, Youngstown State,  Washington University, Lafayette College and the British & Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM).  His remote students live throughout the US and 5 other continents (Antarctica, you're next!!!) .  He has been teaching remotely since 2010.

Charley is an Adjunct Professor at York College in Queens, NY in the Department of Performing & Fine Arts.

Charley is also a volunteer teacher for Guitars 4 Vets.

 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 endorsed by Lakland Basses, SIT strings, Lathon Bass Wear, Phil Jones Bass Amplifiers, Kahler Bridges , Tsunami Cables,  has been profiled in Bass Player Magazine (July 2014) and the Podcasts Contrabass Conversations (click here), the bass shed (click here scroll to Episode 83) and For Bass Players Only (click HERE).


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, Mike Pope and Raoul Pleskow.


Charley on Facebook      


Charley on Instagram  

Yamaha Artist Press Release


  ALL About Jazz Profile


Charley's Teaching Page    


Charley on Twitter


Charley on YouTube


On the Lakland website


On the SIT website


My Kahler Video


On the “No Treble” site

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