Sunday Mercury, Remember the name because Georgia Mancio is just this side of a breakthrough into the mainstream. One Jonathan Ross show or a Later with Jools Holland, and she'll be the talk of the town. Already a cult heroine on the jazz circuit..she's a versatile virtuoso!
Trapeze is the second release by award-winning vocalist, Georgia Mancio, following her critically acclaimed 2003 debut, Peaceful Place. A highly respected performer on the U.K. jazz scene, Mancio is also making a name for herself on the continent, having performed at venues and festivals in Italy and Portugal and guested with Sheila Jordan and David Linx in Brussels.
Trapeze is the culmination of two years' work with band members Gareth Lockrane, John Pearce, Dave Green, Dave Ohm and Anselmo Netto and announces Mancio as a major new talent: an artist whose delicate skill and vibrant imagination sets her apart from a morass of "jazzy" singers.
Entirely self-funded and set for release on Georgia's own label, Roomspin Records, Trapeze will be distributed by Proper in the U.K. from March 2008.
As a child Georgia played classical flute, went on to train as an actor and film-maker before returning to her musical roots (her Italian grandparents were a concert pianist and opera singer respectively) to study jazz and voice. Since turning professional in 2000, she has worked in various musical outfits with players including Bobby Wellins, Andrew Cleyndert, Alex Garnett, and Tim Lapthorn as well as leading her own band – Gareth Lockrane, John Pearce, Dave Green, Dave Ohm and Anselmo Netto.
A natural, instinctive musician with a pure, honeyed tone, her deceptively simple delivery is always shot through with sincerity and gravitas. This supremely elegant voice, rich and bittersweet has impressed peers, press and audiences alike making Georgia Mancio a rising talent on the British and European jazz scenes.
John Fordham, The Guardian (8 March 2008) – "A performer of character, conviction, and relaxed virtuosity, an inventive straight-ahead improviser Mancio’s music sounds both purposeful and chilled at the same time [She] has occupied the fringes for a few years without quite finding the spotlight, but she sounds more than ready for it now."
Jack Massarik, The Evening Standard (4 March 2008) – "Her voice is sweet and small but she has learned to slip it across with the lethal cool of a Mafioso stiletto [and] a gravitas that recalled Chet Baker and Georgie Fame.Georgia Mancio left the crowd begging for more."
The Observer "taste, originality and understated eloquence. Georgia Mancio’s second album, displays those qualities in abundance and should put her well and truly on the map."
Jazz UK "The word has been out for a couple of years that Georgia is someone to watch out for and her new album shows why. Marvel at the way Mancio’s rhythmic grasp never fails her in such a variety of groove and swing. She is, without question, the real thing".
BBC On Line "Mancio’s a force to be reckoned with her musicality and inspired choice of material mark her out as an instrumentalist’s vocalist, and one to watch."
The Scotsman "An airy, gossamer voice and a penchant for Latin rhythms and unexpected song choices [This] lovely album features her in classy company".
Jazzwise "Perhaps most impressive of all is her versatility across a range of settings. The album jumps from Jobim/Moraes to Lionel Bart to Stanley Turrentine without ever once loosing its footing gorgeously seductive. The Shropshire Star She’s a class act whose second album showcases a dizzying talent".
Georgia Mancio Quartet will be playing at the Arts Centre, Swindon at 8pm on 29 April 2008
Tickets are £8.50-£10 and available from the Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, www.swindon.gov.uk . Tel: 01793 614 837