"her velvety, yet powerful voice...sparklingly clean articulation, she makes the low registers shine... Less is more, this motto is easy to say, but difficult to realize"
"The songs...are based on the great evergreens of jazz history and certainly have the potential to become such themselves"
"craft, delicacy, and sublime musical skill...A new songbook, beautifully delivered: that’s surely worth waiting 50 years for"
“this was Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira, Berlin, Porter, Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields born again in a different century. It didn’t, it couldn’t, get any better than this”
“unequivocally, one of the gigs of the year…Heartfelt, intimate and engaging, this was one of those memorable nights where the music-making was completely transporting. Every lover of song will want to add Mancio and Broadbent’s tour de force to their collection”
“What an amazing, vibrant and completely sold out Ronnie Scott’s … which ended with that kind of applause that made you feel that you had been in on something special”
“impossible not to fall in love with her voice…a magnificent example of strength and talent”
Features & Interviews
Songbook with Alan Broadbent
Songbook is the exquisite playing and writing partnership between two-time Grammy award-winning jazz pianist/composer/arranger Alan Broadbent (Diana Krall, Woody Herman, Paul McCartney) and award-winning vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio (Ian Shaw, Bobby McFerrin, ReVoice! Festival).
Since beginning their collaboration in 2013 they have completed 6 international tours in duo and quartet, with performances across Europe and the U.S including the London, Krakow and Rochester International Jazz Festivals and famed venues Ronnie Scott’s Club (a sold-out debut), The Sage, Pizza Express Jazz Club (U.K), Birdland (Germany), Kitano, Dizzy’s Coca Cola and Mezzrow (U.S).
In 2017 they released Songbook, their first album of co-written originals, drawing universal acclaim from international press and fans including Sheila Jordan, Janis Siegel, Claire Martin, Michael Feinstein, Norma Winstone, Tierney Sutton and Ian Shaw. Described as “one of the most formidable songwriting partnerships of the 21st century” (Jazz Views), 2020 will see the release of their second collection, Quiet is the Star, and the publication of their 30 songs to date.
Alan’s sophisticated melodies and peerless arranger’s ear find their perfect match in Georgia’s superbly crafted lyrics of both beauty and bite. Through journeys and resting places, childhood and old age; from bebop to brooding ballads and bossa novas: The Georgia Mancio / Alan Broadbent Songbook continues the lineage of the great jazz writing partnerships but thematically and musically looks to setting the new standards of the future with poise, passion and unmistakable personality.
The Songbook Quartet is completed with bassist Oli Hayhurst (Pharoah Sanders, Julian Siegel, Ray Gelato) and drummer Dave Ohm (Gregory Porter, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin).
Georgia Mancio (voice & lyrics), Alan Broadbent (piano & music), Oli Hayhurst (bass), Dave Ohm (drums)