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Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat, “Worry Not” Autumn Tour, November / December 2021.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson will lead her band Gravy Boat on a UK tour in support of their debut album "Worry Not", with local audiences being invited to interact with the band. Details att.

Emma Johnson has forwarded the following press release;

Worry Not Autumn Tour 2021

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat set sail on tour and explore audience’s favourite city spots
Touring from 26th November – 16th December

Peter Whittingham Award winners Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat are setting sail this Autumn on their first national tour, performing music from their debut album Worry Not which was released to great acclaim in July of this year.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England, the tour will see the cinematic jazz quintet travel across the country to perform their blend of melodic, accessible jazz influenced by film scores, hard bop and contemporary European jazz.

Ahead of their performances in London, Sheffield, Newcastle and Birmingham, Gravy Boat are asking local folk, audience members and other artists to share their favourite places in their cities. From the comfiest coffee shops and the best record stores to cultural landmarks and favourite food spots, the group are looking for recommendations of where they should visit whilst on tour, ideally accompanied by a story about what makes it special to you.

These places and stories will be woven amongst music from the band and live footage to create a digital tour guide to each place, which will be shared in the New Year.

To be a part of this project, you can either share your place on social media with the tag #mymusiccity or email voice notes, pictures or text to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This callout for places was launched on Instagram in a ‘Gravy Boat Guests’ episode with Newcastle musician Faye MacCalman (Archipelago, John Pope Quintet) and will feature prominent jazz musicians hailing from each place on the tour.


Wakefield Jazz Club
Wakefield, UK

The Globe
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Sheffield, UK

Kidderminster Town Hall
Kidderminster, UK

Foyer, Symphony Hall
Birmingham, UK

Peggy’s Skylight Jazz Club
Nottingham, UK

The Vortex JazzClub
Dalston, London


Tickets here:

Latest single video here:

Emma Johnson – Tenor Saxophone
Fergus Vickers – Electric Guitar
Richard Jones – Piano
Angus Milne – Double Bass
Steve Hanley – Drums


Recent press quote:
Emma Johnson and her Gravy Boat are one of the most refreshingly imaginative and perfectly configured acts in contemporary Jazz. Surely they will be occupying bigger
platforms very soon.” Neil March



I’m about to embark on an album tour at the end of November with Gravy Boat following our debut album release in July and it includes a slightly different line of promotion.


In short, we’re reaching out to local folk in four cities on the tour (Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Newcastle) for recommendations of places to visit while we’re there, and these are going to be crafted into digital tour guides to each place, featuring stories, video of us in the places and live music taken from our show in that particular city.


Each of these ‘callouts’ for people’s favourite places are being launched by prominent jazz artists from said places including Faye MacCalman (Archipelago), Alex Clarke (Jazz Musician of the year finalist), Viva MsiMang (Colectiva, Matters Unknown) and include interviews with them as part of a series Gravy Boat Guests on Instagram.


First video here:


These city videos, live audio from the tour and interviews will come together to form a digital release in the New Year looking back in a reflective way at 2021 before we move forward with new music and plans in 2022.