Marcus Joseph + Romarna Campbell + Robocobra Quartet and Dance Regular: Manchester Jazz Festival

  • Saturday | 27.05.23
  • 8.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £10 Earlybird / ...

Band on the Wall and Manchester Jazz Festival present a triple bill of the freshest jazz talent from across the UK regions, with a late-night DJ set from Leeds-born bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray.


Robocobra Quartet

Chris Ryan drums, vocals / Tom Taboroi soprano saxophone / Peter Howard alto & tenor saxophone Nathan Rodgers bass guitar

A collective of musicians from Belfast inspired by Stravinsky and Dead Kennedys in equal measures. Meticulous arrangements and on-the-spot improvisations hang on every sung, spoken or shouted word, propelling the music forward and concocting a sound that is groove-driven but cerebral, invoking the likes of Fugazi, Talking Heads and contemporaries such as Black Midi, Squid and BadBadNotGood.

Robocobra Quartet’s unmatched live performances channel-hop from moments of joy and playfulness to periods of intense fury, earning them invitations to festivals across the world, including Montreux Jazz Festival, SXSW and Latitude Festival.

Romarna Campbell Trio

Romarna Campbell drums / Cenk Esen piano / Mutale Chashi bass

Drummer, producer and composer Romarna Campbell performs music from her highly anticipated new album, set for release in 2023.

Romarna’s storytelling begins with the drums. The nomadic spirit of this exciting artist from Birmingham’s bustling jazz scene lives in her jazz and hip hop-infused music. Her irrepressible energy can be heard on Inherently Political, a super-charged sonic assault on racism that immediately won favour with Jazz FM’s Deb Grant and Tony Minvielle and had her crowned by Jamz Supernova as ‘New Name of the Week’.

Marcus Joseph

Marcus Joseph alto saxophone / Lorenze Okello Osenger keyboards / James Wade-Sired trombone / Wayne Matthews bass / Edward Wakili Hick drums

For those that haven’t experienced a Marcus Joseph live performance, get ready for energy! Marcus, a talented alto saxophonist, has created a heavy groove-driven show that is loaded with funky breaks and wicked rhythm sections that make you wanna get up and dance. His jazz takes influences from his Jamaican heritage and connects with the audience through hip-hop and spoken word affirmations that Marcus weaves through the music, making it a seriously engaging show for the audience. A celebrated young performer with lots of talent and creative energy.

Bar open: 12.00pm
Artists on stage: 9.00pm
Curfew: 2.00am
Stage: The Venue