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Award-winning jazz vocalist and lyricist, Georgia Mancio, is one of the UK’s most important and original new artists. A performer of pure class and integrity, Georgia has proved herself a true improviser with an unfailing flow, innate musicality and a boundless and bold imagination.
Award-winning jazz vocalist and lyricist, Georgia Mancio, is one of the UK’s most important and original new artists. A performer of pure class and integrity, Georgia has proved herself a true improviser with an unfailing flow, innate musicality and a boundless, bold imagination. Her music embraces her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan background.
Her music embraces her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan background: seamlessly performing in five languages and interpreting Fats Waller, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Kenny Wheeler, The Beatles, Brazilian samba, Chilean folk and Italian pop often with her own beautifully crafted lyrics.
She has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Jason Rebello, Gwilym Simcock, James Pearson, JimMullen, Nikki Iles, Jim Hart, Laurence Cottle, Gareth Lockrane, Michael Janisch, Kate Williams and Bobby Wellins among many others.
She has played several residencies at Ronnie Scott’s opening for Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Milton Nascimento, Joey DeFrancesco, Ramsey Lewis, Steve Smith, Lee Retinue, Ray Gelato and Dave Holland’s Overtone Quartet.
She has produced 3 albums (Peaceful Place, Trapeze and Silhouette) on her own label, Roomspin Records. BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up have twice broadcast her live concerts: with Darius Brubeck in 2011 and with John Parricelli in 2013.
In 2010 Georgia launched her own international voice festival, ReVoice! in association with the Pizza Express Jazz Club. A much lauded annual event which Georgia produces, presents and performs in, ReVoice! has hosted stars including: Tuck & Patti, Raul Midon, Gregory Porter (his first UK booking), Karin Krog, David Linx, Maria Pia de Vito, Jhelisa Anderson/Robert Mitchell, Mycale (John Zorn’s acapella quartet), Becca Stevens Band and Diana Torto/Kenny Wheeler/John Taylor/Palle Danielson Something Else Quartet.
2013 has been an extraordinary year for her musically: supporting two heroes Milton Nascimento and Jon Hendricks at Ronnie Scott’s; duo performances with piano/vocal genius, Ian Shaw; a 24 date national tour with 3 different projects; a new live recording, Come Rain or Come Shine, with award-winning guitarist Nigel Price; the 4th and longest edition of my ReVoice! Festival at the Pizza Express Jazz Club and an opening set at the Purcell Room for the incredible singer/songwriter, Christine Tobin.
On Sunday you she gave us a fabulous evening singing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio who were:
Roger Odell – Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day. Apart from a great power drummer he is also a prestigious arranger. Musically, his first love was always straight-ahead contemporary jazz, and in the past he has played with many of the great names on the UK scene including Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Morrissey, Terry Smith, Joe Harriott and countless others. Roger is the author of three technical articles which appeared in the international magazine Modern Drummer.
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli in the legendary Quintet de Hot Club of France,Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family.Their influence led him to become a respected bass player behind such people as Matt Munroe,Dickie Valentine and Dennis Lotus, in the early stages of his career. Bernie is particularly acknowledged as being one of the few players to bring an authentic, driving jazz feel to both the double bass and the bass-guitar, and for his fluent and creative soloing. Tonight Bernie was playing his 5 string double bass with the extra C string.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon’s piano playing has long been the sound accompaniment of first choice for nationally and internationally known jazz stars appearing at Jazznights as well as Norfolk’s two leading jazz venues, He is also an accomplished soloist in his own right, blending vivacity and creative attack with often gentle lyricism. His influences are Oscar Peterson, Nat “King” Cole and Bill Evans. Since graduating from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 1990, Simon has worked as a performer, teacher of piano and music arranger and regularly appears at the most popular jazz clubs in East Anglia. His involvement in Blues, Jazz and Jazz-Funk combos have led to appearances at many jazz festivals and has shared the billing with the likes of Jools Holland, The James Taylor Quartet, Stacey Kent and Bobby Wellins apart from his regular performances as a primary member of the Jazznights Roger Odell Trio.
Larraine Odell – vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, RFH. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s.Larraine possesses a unique smouldering tonal quality and a subtle jazz phrasing style that has elicited great praise from two of her own vocal mentors, Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan. “A sensitive singer who exudes a fine-honed jazz sensibility with every phrase.” She has since appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Club as a member of the group Jimpster, at the Boxford Fleece with pianist Steve Lodder, most of the other jazz clubs in the region, and at the Aldeburgh, Layer Marney and Southwold Jazz Festivals.
Larraine opened the first set of the evening which included:
Weaver of Dreams written by Jack Elliott and Victor young and is an album and the title number by guitarist Kenny Burrell first recorded in 1960.
Close Your Eyes by Bernice Petkere (1933) but took twenty years for the composition to find its way into the jazz repertoire by Lee Konitz in 1956 .
Artie Shaw was the premier jazz musician to record Alone Together in 1939. Written by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz who were extremely prolific, writing over two hundred songs each. Of their many dozen collaborations, “Alone Together” is the most enduring and most often recorded.
According to composer Matt Dennis, Herb Jeffries was the first to record Angel Eyes which was later popularised by Ella Fitzgerald in 1952. This version featured Roger Odell’s unique arrangement
Georgia Mancio then joined the Jazznights Trio for her first set which can only be called stunning and and included extended versions of the following jazz standards:
September in the Rain (1937) by Harry Warren with Lyrics from Al Dubin. Although Shearing’s version of the song only made it to number 25 on the Billboard chart, his album introducing “the Shearing sound” was an international million-seller and linked the song to his name forever.
Get Out of Town is a 1938 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical Leave It to Me!, where it was introduced by Tamara Drasin and was featured by Ella, Thad Jones, Stan Kento and Peggy lee to name but a few.
The Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer Skylark with its lovely melody was given a first-class treatment in a 1941 recording by drummer Gene Krupa’s big band. (Krupa had played and recorded with cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, whose playing inspired Carmichael’s composition.
In her 1956 autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, Billie Holiday recounts that “Jimmy [Davis] was in the Army when he wrote Lover Man and brought it straight to me.” Georgia’s version was very unique and lovely version.
Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine Georgia Mancio then re-joined the Jazznights Trio for the second set which included:
Ann Ronell’s 1932 Willow Weep for Me. The Count Basie Orchestra made its first recording of this song in March 1939 for Columbia Records.
The Christmas Song (1946) AKA Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The most commonly known story about “The Christmas Song,” by Mel Torme and Robert Wells, is that it was written on a very hot summer’s day.
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ‘s Falling in Love with Love (1938),
Don’t go to Strangers – music by Arthur Kent with David A Mann and Lyrics from Redd Evans. It is an album recorded in 1960 by jazz vocalist Etta Jones. It was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Antonio Carlos Jobim composition Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) with the Brazilian to English translation of the lyrics by Jon Hendricks.
And to provide a very seasonal finale Georgia sang a great version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Music composed by Hugh Martin with lyrics by Ralph Blane. It was immortalised by Judy Garland when she sang this song to Margaret O’Brien and brought tears to the eyes of the audience
What a stunning performance from this wonderful jazz singer and we are sure she will be back to see us again.
Hear for yourself – this gig will be broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk at 6.pm
on Boxing Day.
KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (vocals) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 22nd December 2013
There is a change of venue for this Christmas gig. Jazznights will be at The Cock Inn, 3 Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8PX
Described by Jazz FM as “….an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble”, Kevin is the perfect guest for our Christmas gig. With a repertoire based around The Great American Songbook his jazz influences were recently displayed at sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s in London and New York’s famous Birdland club. A brilliant gig to end a brilliant year!
Come along for this gig and reserve your table seating on 01787 237653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Pay on the night.
Admission £10. Doors 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm.
For further information and future gigs (which includes
EMILY DANKWORTH (vocals, ANITA WARDELL (vocals), LOZ SPEYER (trumpet), Tim Whitehead (saxes) and the wonderful PETER KING (alto sax) go to www.jazz-nights.com