Emanuel J Burton

Drummer

Emanuel J Burton is making waves in the industry as a solo drummer, musical director, bandleader and songwriter.

Emanuel relishes in infusing spoken word and storytelling through the drums — he has showcased this at AO Arena, Sports Relief, BBC 6 Music, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, We Out Here Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester International Festival, and a headline slot at world-renowned Band on the Wall.

He has toured and collaborated with Little Simz, FKJ, Tom Misch, Misha B, Children of Zeus, The Mouse Outfit, Yazmin Lacey, and July 7. He has also supported tours for The Midnight Hour, Steam Down, 30/70 Collective, and KOKOROKO.

While at BIMM Institute Manchester studying the Professional Musicianship course, Emanuel teamed up with world-class musicians and ran Masterclasses, private clinics and jam sessions for Brian Frasier-Moore (Justin Timberlake’s drummer), Rico Nichols (Kendricks Lamar’s drummer) and Adrian Bent (Drake’s drummer), George ’Spanky’ McCurdy (drummer for Ms. Lauryn Hill), and Sharay Reed (Bassist for Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin).

Continuing as Little Simz’ drummer, Emanuel joined her onstage for her fantastic headline set on the iconic West Holts Stage.