Saxophonist and composer Rob Yockney was classically trained on viola and spent his early years playing in orchestras. But a childhood memory of a saxophone in a junk shop in Bath was eventually to take hold, and Rob subsequently developed a passion for jazz, and played in a variety of contexts including rock, blues, funk and big band. He is currently a member of The Big Noise Street Band based in Taunton (described as ‘big, bold and brassy’), and attends the Bristol Jazz Workshop.
In 2013, Rob embarked on the project ‘Impressions of …’ composing music for saxophone, drawing on his eclectic musical background, and evoking memories of the places he’s visited on his many travels. During 2019 Rob has collaborated with poets Chris Waters and Chris Fogg on a spoken word and music show, ‘Que Pasa?’ – what’s up, what’s going on out there? The show combines Rob’s compositions with their poems to take the audience on a journey of wordscapes and sound-sketches.