About the musician
Arabella made her debut playing with a big band at Montreux Jazz Festival, back in 2007. She then started playing with local bands in the South of England and went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in German Studies at the University of Bristol. During this Degree, Arabella played with an award-winning big band called 'The Hornstars' and completed tours abroad in France and Spain, as well as becoming a very active member of the South-West's jazz scene.
In 2012 Arabella was awarded both an Entry Scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire as well as a Postgraduate Performance Award from Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund) to study for a Masters in Jazz Performance. She achieved a Distinction and completed her first album in early 2014 with the quintet that she formed during this course, ASQ, and with whom she performs regularly. The album comprises entirely original compositions ranging from solo saxophone, to music inspired by the literature of Franz Kafka, and is entitled, ‘Kafka’s Dance’. It is for sale on this website, so have listen to the preview tracks! As part of her Undergraduate Degree, she also spent a year working and studying at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.
Primarily a tenor saxophonist, but occasionally caught on soprano, her influences lie somewhere in a triangle created by Stan Getz, Joe Lovano and Mark Turner. She has performed with one of the UK’s most prolific trumpeters, Steve Waterman, as well as Hammond Organ master John-Paul Gard, and currently plays with Nick Dewhurst, Ric Yarborough, Steve Tromans and James Banner. Furthermore, she has received performance and composition coaching from: Mike Williams, Hans Koller, Jean Toussaint, Andy Panayi, Don Menza, Heinrich von Kalnein, Donny McCaslin, Gary Smulyan and many more. In early 2014 Arabella was involved in running and teaching a series of jazz improvisation workshops in Bristol for the organization ‘JFS’. Having completed two tours and a debut album with ASQ, Arabella currently splits her time between the UK and Berlin, Germany; and is focusing on the Berlin-based quartet, 'Earshot'.
Earshot is a new collaboration that was formed in Berlin with guitarist Rob York, drummer Mathias Ruppnig and bassist Tom Berkmann. The group plays new music written by Arabella and Rob. A successful first year in Berlin saw them take in Jazz Club Schlot and the increasingly popular jazz venue Donau 115, among others. In 2017 they had a very well-received gig in Berlin's B-Flat jazz club. They are recording a debut album in Sep 2017 and releasing it in 2018.
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From L-R: Tom Berkmann, double bass; Mathias Ruppnig, drums; Arabella Sprot, tenor saxophone; Robert York, guitar.
Jazzorchester Neue Welt.
Since 2016, Arabella has taken up the post of Lead Alto for the Berlin-based big band, Jazzorchester Neue Welt. They play an eclectic mix of old and new jazz and latin songs with some varied and challenging arrangements.
ASQ (Arabella Sprot Quintet).
ASQ are: Arabella on t.sax, Nick Dewhurst on tpt, Steve Tromans on pno, Ric Yarborough on dms and James Banner on bass. They performed all over the UK and released a debut album in early 2014. See 'Live + Reviews' for more reviews and previous gigs; and order the CD under SHOP.
Daniel Ondaro & The Shy Birds.
Daniel Ondaro is an American singer and guitarist who has a passion for Brazilian music. Having spent his fair share of time in Brazil and having mastered Portuguese, he now composes his own Brazilian songs and compositions, and plays all over the US and Europe. Arabella plays tenor saxophone and flute with the band and also recorded on his latest album, which was released on Sep 25th in Berlin, 2015.
Gig dates with top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman - see Live and Reviews!