- Born in Queens, New York,
and currently residing on Long Island, Ray Sabatello has been a
professional musician his entire life. He began his professional career
playing guitar and arranging music for many stylistically diverse
bands. In the studio he has produced countless recordings for local and
regional talent. On the national stage, Ray has been the music director
for Grammy nominee, Sophie B. Hawkins and producer/collaborator for
blues recording artist Little Mike and The Tornadoes.
- He is a member of ASCAP as
a songwriter and publisher, and received his BFA from CW Post College
as a guitar major. He holds a Masters Degree from SUNY Stony Brook and
studied vocal composition and choral conducting at The Westminster
Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
- Ray has played over 100
musicals as a pit orchestra guitarist. While working at The Gateway
Playhouse in Bellport N.Y., he met The Coasters who were featured in
"Smokey Joe's Cafe." He subsequently played The "Smokey Joe's Cafe"
2014-15 National Tour with The Coasters. After the tour, Veta Gardner
hired Ray as music director and guitarist for The Coasters and he has
been working for them since February 2015.