"Emma Johnson and her Gravy Boat are one of the most refreshingly imaginative and perfectly configured acts in contemporary Jazz"
Neil March, Trust The Doc
Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat are a cinematic, melodic instrumental band based in Leeds, led by saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson.
The group won the Peter Whittingham Award to record their debut album, Worry Not, which was released to great acclaim in 2021 and described as ‘an exciting prospect indeed’ by Jazzwise Magazine. Since then, they’ve completed a national tour, welcoming audiences returning to live music with stories, warmth and melodic, spacious compositions that allow each band member to shine.
As a recipient of Lancaster Jazz Festival’s Evolve Commission for 2022, Johnson premiered a stand out set of new work as the culmination of a joyous weekend of live music at the festival in September 2022.
Johnson has since developed this music into the band's second full length release, Northern Flame, which was recorded at Giant Wafer Studio in Wales and produced by Ivor Novello nominated James Hamilton. Released on November 3 2023, the quintet explores dynamic and interplay further in this new album, which marks a more open and exploratory way of writing and recording for Johnson and Gravy Boat.
The release will be supported by a tour of festival and club dates at the end of this year and the band are excited to share their 'characteristic Northern warmth and charm' with audiences, through both the music and the tales that inspire it. Check out the dates and ticket details below and click here to grab your copy over on Bandcamp: www.emmajohnsonsgravyboat.bandcamp.com