Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat is a project led by Leeds based saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson.

Emma's writing displays a contemporary sound rooted by infectious melodies and the group have been described as demonstrating a “strong and joyful bond, immediately apparent in their sound”. Gravy Boat is a band that aspires to write and perform melodic, accessible jazz that anyone can enjoy. 


Gravy Boat were selected for the Jazz North Northern Line scheme for the year 2019 and have performed at many prominent festivals including Marsden, Manchester and Lancaster Jazz Festivals.

Emma has just been awarded a Peter Whittingham Development Award and thanks to the support of Help Musicians UK, the band are currently setting to work on their debut album, due for release in 2020.