JARS (Jazz at Ronnie Scott's)

Georgia Mancio may well be familiar to aprons for a slightly different reason: she worked at the club from 1995-97 to fund her studies. Her debut album, Peaceful Place (Roomspin Records 851), on which she is backed by the likes of paints Tim Lapthorn and bassist Andy Cleyndert, showcases her smoothly insinuating, subtly emotional vocal style on a pleasing range of material, from standards (‘Get Out Of Town’, ‘You Go To My head’) to bossa nova and the odd modern jazz classic (Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Everybody’s Song But My Own), but whatever she sings, Mancio – like Sheena Davis – demonstrates two increasingly rare qualities: taste and restraint.