A Live Jazz Band Playing the Music of Erykah Badu – Postponed to 03/09/2020

  • Thursday | 23.04.20
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £10 EARLYBIRD / ...


After rocking Band on the Wall with their unique, fresh arrangements of Missy Elliott, jazz group BackTracked return to perform the work of pioneering neo-soul artist Erykah Badu.

BackTracked are a Berlin-based electric jazz trio that plays live compositions inspired by famous hip-hop artists. By integrating original samples live on stage, whilst evolving much-loved classics in their own style, they have created a feel-good spectacle that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking in the same breath.

The project was born out of a coffee shop conversation. NTS Radio host Sameed had about putting a live jazz event on in Berlin. He sought out the best jazz players he knew and friend Matt Shapiro helped arranged the band. The band is a continuation of Sameed’s NTS Radio show, where he takes pioneering hip hop artists and presents their samples in a rich tapestry – imagine the records Dr. Dre was listening to before he sat down to produce. The band have now taken this concept to the next level, rearranging pioneering hip hop artists such as Missy Elliott, Dilla and Outkast.

The band – Matt Shapiro (keys), Hiromu Seifert (drums) and Paul Breiting (bass) – work tirelessly arranging, curating and writing their sets. Matt arranges harmony and ideas, and Hiromu and Paul, having studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin, invoke a rich knowledge of jazz and pepper the arrangements with the subtleties and finesse.

Matt Shapiro was born in Manchester, lived in Leeds, and has been residing in Berlin since 2015, where he has become obsessed with playing hip hop and jazz. Whilst still exploring this music, he has returned to the music of his teens, using the tools he’s acquired to pay tribute to the music that inspired him to become a musician in the first place.

Hiromu Seifert is a Japanese-German drummer, producer and composer based in Berlin. A serious drummer since childhood, he has had training in both African drumming (Ghanaian) well as classical percussion training. Hiromu is a graduate of the Berlin Jazz-Institute (JIB).

Paul Breiting, Berlin born and raised, has been consuming music since childhood. He dived into Jazz and began his studies at the Jazz-Institute Berlin with Marc Muellbauer and Greg Cohen. He has played in variety of projects such as (Die Therapie, Zaunkoenig, Sonra and Landers) and has recorded with Get Well Soon, Cherylin Mcneal and Parra for Cuva.

BackTracked have sold out their first five shows and plan to play tribute to a new artist every two months at the Badehouse in Berlin, will play a show at Band on the Wall in Manchester. They are in the recording studio early Dec 2019 and will release their debut EP of best bits via Ele Records in 2020.

This is a standing show. Presented by Ele Records.

Open from 5pm on gig nights, our bar is the perfect pre-show meeting place. Every gig night we serve up a range of freshly-prepared pizza, bar snacks, over 50 speciality gins with paired tonic waters, beers, wines, fine spirits and more.

Get down early and sample our delicious food and renowned gin menu.


Sun-Fri 5-7pm / Sat 12pm-7pm

Pint Carlsberg Pilsner £3
Bottle House Wine £12.50
Prosecco £15
Two Cocktails £12
House doubles £5
Pizza & Pint/Soft Drink £10
Two Pizzas & Bottle House Wine £21

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