Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent Songbook
Ronnie Scott’s Monday April 3rd
GEORGIA MANCIO vocals/lyrics, ALAN BROADBENT piano/music, OLI HAYHURST double bass and DAVE OHM drums/percussions
Songbook is the exquisite new album of originals by double Grammy award-winning jazz pianist, composer and arranger Alan Broadbent and stellar vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio.
Broadbent is recognised as one of the world’s leading jazz artists with credits as impressively far-ranging as Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Woody Herman, Johnny Mandel, Paul McCartney and iconically Irene Kral and Charlie Haden’s Quartet West. Mancio has proved herself one of the UK’s most original, adventurous and multi- faceted new artists, with work including Bobby McFerrin, Ian Shaw, Sheila Jordan, Gwilym Simcock, Liane Carroll and her own international voice festival – ReVoice!
They began performing together in 2013 first in duo and then in quartet with much acclaimed British bassist Oli Hayhurst (Pharoah Sanders, Julian Siegel, Ray Gelato) and drummer Dave Ohm (Gregory Porter, Ian Shaw, Anthony Strong). This spring they release their first recording together, Songbook and headline at the world renowned Ronnie Scott’s and play Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
After discovering a mutual appreciation of Great American Songbook writers Harry Warren, George Gershwin and the formidable team of Rodgers and Hart, Broadbent invited Mancio to write a lyric for ‘The Long Goodbye’ – an evocative piece originally conceived for Charlie Haden’s Quartet West. It coincided with Georgia’s final visit to her late father’s house and became ‘The Last Goodbye’ – a subtly emotional story of loss and coming of age. One song organically led to another and in a prolific nine month period they reimagined some of Alan’s earlier recorded work (‘Just Like A Child’, ‘The Journey Home’, ‘One For Bud’); brand new creations (‘Hide Me From The Moonlight’, ‘Lullaby For MM’) and even a piece composed by Alan at just 17 years old (‘Where The Soft Winds Blow’).
The release marks Broadbent’s 70th birthday and is the first time his music has been heard entirely with words. He has previously collaborated with esteemed lyricist Dave Frishberg and vocalist Mark Murphy. Mancio’s lyrics have been approved by Pat Metheny, Osvaldo Farres and British composers Kate Williams and Tim Lapthorn and this is her first full collection of original writings.
Songbook is a haunting, hip and harmonious collection of stories within stories. 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.