Emma Johnson

Award: Peter Whittingham Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: Yorkshire

Website: johnsonmusic.co.uk

Saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson is a Leeds based musician and bandleader of Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat.
Emma's music has been played on BBC Radio 3 and her writing has been described as ‘a relaxed, melodic and distinctive style of contemporary jazz’.
Regarding her playing, a recent review in Bebop Spoken here noted: 'Johnson gets a great sound on tenor and has a technique to match. Not one of those in your face players but someone whose solos build gradually and logically with a natural lyricism reminiscent of Coltrane.'
Emma has worked with musicians such as Gregory Porter, Clare Teal and Ian Shaw, as well as having mentoring with Pee Wee Ellis and Trish Clowes, and performs consistently across the UK with a number of bands.
With her group, Emma released 'Gravy Boat EP' in 2017 and 'Seafarer's Suite' - a series of live music videos, in 2018.
Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat have completed a tour in 2019, including a number of notable festivals, and are set to record and release their debut album in 2020, thanks to the support of Help Musicians and the Peter Whittingham Award.