Randy Sabien's eclectic style started with classical violin lessons. From there he learned how to play along with records by the Grateful Dead, Papa John Creach, James Taylor and others. He continued his study of classical music at the University of Illinois, augmenting his formal education with gigs as a country/rock fiddler. But his most pivotal musical influence came when he first heard the music of the great jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli.
Randy Sabien enrolled at The Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1977. One year later, at the age of 21, he returned to found and chair their new jazz string department. He stayed for another three years.
In 1981, Randy released a blues based jazz CD entitled In A Fog. Billboard, Jazz Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today gave it glowing reviews.
In 1989 Randy followed his heart to northern Wisconsin where he started his own record label, Fiddlehead Music. Since then he has released another five titles with two more in the works. His discography is predominately jazz with a couple of albums that cover country, swing, roots blues and rock and roll from the sixties. He plays regularly as a jazz violin, guest soloist with symphonies across the country.
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