Vocalist Luca Manning has recently been enthralling festival audiences across Scotland with his heartfelt and understated lyrical delivery and warm, luminous vocal tone. With musical maturity beyond his years, his clarity and authenticity make jazz compositions new and old sound timeless and fresh. As a gifted improvisor as well as singer, he has (made his name) as an up-and-coming jazz artist performing at the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Islay Jazz Festivals as well as the 2016 BBC Proms with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself, with some exciting new London-based projects such as the Heywood/Manning Nonet featuring contemporary original compositions played by some of London’s most exciting young improvisers.
Guitarist Charlie Heywood has made himself known for his individual and exciting improvisational style, which encompasses many different musical styles and timbres within his sound such as Rock and Blues, which has massively influenced his playing over the years.
Charlie is also a prodigious Composer, having written for ensembles from a large scale orchestra and choir, to smaller ensembles and even solo pieces, which have been performed in various different venues from the Albert Hall (through the fanfare competition) to the National Maltese theatre (Through the commonwealth resounds program). Now studying jazz guitar and composition at The Guildhall School of Music, Charlie is starting new projects with other like minded London-based musicians, such as the Heywood/Manning Nonet.
This unique, large – scale project takes inspiration from the writing of contemporary jazz greats as well as bringing about a new sound, down to the originality found in Charlie and Luca’s writing. Each individual player brings their own energy and voice to this ensemble which results in an epic collective sound:
Luca Manning – Vocals
Charlie Heywood – Guitar
Finn Bradley – Trumpet
Daniel Higham – Trombone
Sean Payne – Alto Sax
Chris Adsett – Tenor Sax
Jay Verma – Keys
Ali Watson – Bass
Harry Ling – Drums
Come down to Luna to experience the debut of the Heywood/Manning Nonet – it promises to be a treat.
A Different Thread brings together three unexpected collaborators; Singer-songwriter Robert Jackson from Lichfield Staffordshire, Isaac Collier, a classically trained cellist from the Yorkshire Moors, and , Alicia Best a singer/fiddle player from North Carolina.
The trio have their own contemporary take on what Americana music is: They play what they are calling ‘British-Americana’ pulling from the roots of traditional American and British music alike, weaving together aspects of country, blues and folk with classical undertones and a hint of bluegrass.
Jackson’s songs tell tales of adventure, bitter romance, and synchronicity with ‘thought provoking, well crafted lyrics’(Gordon Giltrap) and a ‘strong, soulful voice’ (FATEA magazine). Alicia’s tight harmonies harken back to ages past and the mountain ballads of Appalachia, while Isaac’s astute and often improvised cello lifts their music up with an impulsive edge.
“Their Country and Americana sound is nothing short of intoxicating” – Hits In The Sticks
“These guys sound like a mature bottle of wine.” – Claire Cavanagh, BBC Radio Bristol
“It certainly touched my heart.” – Sam Bonham, BBC 6 Music