Skip Spratt – Owner, Operator SaxShed.com
Originally from New England, Skip Spratt has been teaching and performing in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City area since 1985.
Performance: After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, he spent three years as a Saxophonist touring throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Since settling in New Jersey, Skip has performed with Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Marie Osmond, Donna Summer, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bobby Caldwell, The Temptations, Jeffrey Osborne, Tommy Tune, Ben Vereen, Joel Gray, Maureen McGovern with the Ocean City Pops, The 5th Dimension as well as many others. He has also been a featured soloist in performance with jazz greats Randy Brecker, Bill Watrous and John Faddis. In 1990 he had the honor of performing for First Lady Barbara Bush and the US Senators wives in the Senate Caucus Room in Washington, DC.
In addition to playing on many independent projects Skip has done jingles for KYW Radio, WPVI Channel 6, Bally’s Park Place and most recently Jefferson Navy Yard. His Television performances include appearances on Merv Griffin’s New Years Eve Show with Aretha Franklin, The Allen Thick Show in Montreal, Canada; The Iris Chacon Show in San Juan, Puerto Rico and The Variety Club Telethon in Philadelphia.
Published Works: Skip has published over 15 artist interviews in Saxophone journal, as well as more than 10 educational masterclasses on CD for Dorn Publications. Currently Skip is a contributing writer for Saxophone Today Magazine where he writes a column and play-along duet for each issue. His jazz duet book is also available through Saxophone Today. Lastly, Skip is the creator of the website SaxShed.com which provides service to saxophonists worldwide.
Education: Skip Spratt is the instrumental music teacher at Berlin Community School, Director of its award-winning Jazz Ensemble, and Past Secretary of the former NJ-IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators). He has conducted the NAJE Jr. High Jazz Ensembles in 1996, 1999 and 2011. In addition to public education, Skip has taught saxophone at Rowan University and Woodwind Methods at the University of the Arts. He holds a (BM) with honors in Jazz Saxophone and an (MAT) in Music Education from The University of the Arts. Skip resides in New Jersey, where he maintains a private studio teaching Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet.
Skip Spratt is available for live performances and recordings, clinics, Skype lessons or lessons in person.