OXO musician Georgia Mancio answers our questions
With nominations in the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, British Jazz Awards and 2017 Urban Music Awards, Georgia Mancio is a longstanding and cherished member of the OXO team of musical talent. With elegance and fluidity, she weaves her songs with the wistful beauty of a butterfly and the inherent ‘cool of a Mafioso stiletto’.
Where are you from and how did you come to be in London?
I was born to Italian parents. We moved to London when I was 15.
How would you describe your music?
I’m a storyteller. I love words, language and beautiful melodies, and I sing what is close to my heart. I’m a jazz vocalist primarily with lots of Latin American influences. In the last few years, I’ve also focused also on lyric writing.
What artists inspire you (past or present)?
Those who walk their own paths and move me, including Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Abbey Lincoln, Jon Hendricks, Andy Bey, Sheila Jordan, Liane Carroll, Beady Belle, Elis Regina, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Withers, Paul Simon, Amina Alaoui and Violetta Parra. I’m very fortunate to work with many talented musicians and find there is something to be inspired by on every gig.
What are the best gig you’ve seen recently?
My friend and collaborator Ian Shaw. Not only a stunning vocalist, he writes searing songs for our times and never fails to get to the emotional core of the music.
What are your career highlights to date?
In April, I launched my sixth album, Songbook, with a sold out debut headline gig at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, which was truly unforgettable. Other highlights include producing five annual editions of ReVoice!, my own international voice festival, performing with Bobby McFerrin at the Royal Festival Hall and having Pat Metheny approve a lyric I’d written to one of his compositions.
What does the future hold?
I’m working towards a second Songbook album with my writing partner, double Grammy-winning pianist and composer Alan Broadbent. I’m also developing a co-written project called Finding Home with pianist/composer Kate Williams, a jazz trio and classical string quartet. We hope to raise awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe through beautiful and passionate music.
What do you love about London?
Undoubtedly top of the list is the beautiful blend of nationalities that is almost uniquely London. May that never change. It also brings a seemingly limitless choice of cuisine and cultural activities – many of which are free. I also love the green spaces and the freedom to be yourself.
What do you love about OXO?
Its commitment to live music over so many years is truly special. The charming staff, many whom have been there for years, always makes for a really friendly welcome. The views are so graceful in every light and season, and I could eat the sweet potato mash every day!
What is your favourite drink/cocktail?
Depending on my mood – Bellini, brandy and ginger ale (no ice), Irish Coffee and Guinness.
What’s your sartorial style?
I love the 60’s/ Mod look, so I wear simple, classic, fitted dresses in bright colours or a black and white combination.
What’s your favourite item in your wardrobe?
Probably the black and white patterned dress I bought in Thailand!
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