Luca Manning & Jamie Safir
Friday 19th April 2019
Tickets – £20, £15
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm
Luca Manning is an award winning Jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow, Scotland. He is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly rooted in the tradition of jazz.
Luca has had the opportunity to perform at various festivals across Scotland and the UK – opening for the likes of Georgie Fame and Becca Stevens. His ability is not just a consummate vocalist but a gifted improviser, who continues to enthral audiences and shows maturity well beyond his years.
Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself. He is in his first year at the Guildhall School of Music on the Bmus Jazz degree and already has played major London venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. He has also become a vocal chair holder with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra since January and in December, was invited by Liane Carroll to guest on her sold-out Christmas show at Ronnie Scott’s. In 2018, Luca was voted ‘Rising Star’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards and was also nominated in the ‘Best Vocalist’ category. Luca was also a finalist in this year’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year competition and in the summer, travelled to the University of the Pacific in California as one of three UK students selected to study at the renowned Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony 2018.
“With Luca, you get such a complete musical experience. He is so honest and true when he sings. He has a very old soul for someone so young and I look forward to listening to a lot more of his music.” – Liane Carroll ”
“And sure enough, among tonight’s highlights was the gorgeous bittersweet Maxine, in which the bridge featured an impressive solo from singer Luca Manning.” – London Jazz News
“Youthful, gorgeous, comforting sound…” – Seonaid Aitken, Jazz on BBC Radio Scotland
“This young guy has one of the most beautiful, most honestly-delivered voices I’ve heard for a long time” – Ian Shaw
Jamie Safir is a 27 year-old pianist, composer and arranger highly in-demand in jazz, pop and musical theatre in the UK. He has worked regularly with Will Young over the last 3 years and also performed with the likes of The Brand New Heavies, Olly Murs, Rebecca Ferguson & Steps.
Within the London Jazz Scene, Jamie has an ongoing collaboration with award-winning vocalist Ian Shaw as well as having worked with Liane Carroll, Natalie Williams, Stan Sulzman, Iain Ballamy, Barb Jungr and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.
He was a keyboardist in the hit 2017 musical Bat Out Of Hell and is currently Musical Director for Patti Boulaye and working on ‘The Sweetest Sounds of Rogers and Hart’ featuring Claire Moore & Robert Meadmore.
‘Safir plays with wonderful judgment, delicacy and alertness’ London Jazz News
‘The star of the show and the binding force behind the entire set was Jamie Safir. Not only a pianist at the start of a hugely promising career, but a musical arranger of true talent.’ Musical Theatre Review
‘Jamie on piano was riveting. I got the nightbus home, Oh the glamour!’ Julian Clary
Jamie Safir – Piano
Luca Manning – Vocals
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm