Born: January 6, 1972 Primary Instrument: Vocal
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. 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, Jim Mullen, 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. Georgia has also been the featured vocalist with Frank Griffith’s Nonet since 2008 and in 2005 beat contestants from all over the globe to take first prize in the Brussels International Young Jazz Singers’ Competition.
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.
Awards:First Prize Brussels International Young Jazz Singers' Competition (2005)
“And so to Georgia Mancio. She is the archetype of a modern singer who can style-hop at will and produce…thoroughly musical and textually convincing versions of - er - anything” London Jazz (2011)
a sublime vocalist [who] has forged an enviable reputation with both credibility and talent to spare Jazzwise (2010)
“a superb vocalist …not afraid to experiment with arrangements and presentation” All About Jazz (2010)
“A performer of character, conviction and relaxed virtuosity ... more than ready for [the spotlight] The Guardian **** (2008)
Mancio’s a force to be reckoned with….her musicality and inspired choice of material mark her out as…one to watch” BBC Online (2008)
“an object lesson in how to handle a club date, informal but utterly professional so that Mancio’s ...considerable art, grace and vigour emerged entirely naturally and uncontrivedly from [her] faultless performance” The Vortex (2008)
“The lethal cool of a Mafioso stiletto…Mancio left the crowd begging for more” The Evening Standard **** (2008)
“taste, originality and understated eloquence The Observer (2008)
Absolutely beautiful Liane Carroll, The Jazz (2008)
She is, without question, the real thing Jazz UK (2008)
rock-solid sense of time...gorgeously seductive interpretations....capacious imagination and storytelling gift(s) Jazzwise (2008)
“Award-winning young singer with a pleasingly winsome delivery and a wonderful feel for real jazz, classy ballads and a gift for bossa (sung in Portuguese). She appears...with a corking band and the arrangements are never less than first class. Time Out (2007)
“Georgia Mancio is… a shining example of what jazz vocalists should strive to try and reach. She has a voice of timeless elegance that will only continue to enchant for years to come” Jazz Review.com (2006)
“Georgia has the full package: great voice, highly professional stage presence … and the rare ability to choose wonderful material” Global Jazz Scene (2005)
“Sultry, breathy, Latin-tinged jazz from Georgia - one of the hottest singers on the circuit” “Supremely elegant and soothing jazz from the breathy Mancio” The Evening Standard (2004)
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