Lineup: Gill Manly - Vocals, Simon Wallace - Piano, Steve Watts - Double Bass, Paul Robinson - Drums (Nina Simone's drummer for 19 years)
Ronnie's is proud to present a show which re-creates the legendary Nina Simone performances that have taken place over the club's history. Nina's performances at the club are often the most talked about…her amazing singing and a slightly idiosyncratic performance style. For these performances the incredible Gill Manly will present her personal tribute to Nina Simone. Gill herself has an amazing voice and is a truly great artist. She has been around on the UK scene for 20 years….she is a soulful and blues diva that has a voice able to move thousands.
Gill Manly releases her newest CD in May this year “THE LIES OF HANDSOME MEN”. An intimate album accompanied by Simon Wallace on piano and featuring 2 tracks with the legendary singer BUDDY GRECO. Following the critical acclaim of her last recording, Gill decided to create an album of songs that she has been treasuring for many years and written by some of her favourite composers such as Michel Legrand, Dave Frischberg, Rod Mckuen, Dudley Moore, and Henry Mancini. This new album is up close and personal, it pulls no punches emotionally. But you the listener must decide! The new CD will be available from 19th May.
Following an absence from singing for 7 years whilst she pursued a spiritual trail (singing for the Dalai Lama) and then owning a community café in a park, Gill Manly came back to jazz in 2007 triumphantly, and on more than good form, reminding us all that she was and always has been the London Jazz Diva. Combining smooth elegance and dramatic power developed over time, and the constant search for fabulous melody and lyrics Gill has resurfaced on a level that has been hailed as “sublime” “world class” and “masterful”.
Mentored and encouraged over the years by so many of the great and the good, Eartha Kitt, Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Tony Bennett, Gill built a repertoire and individual style that is completely recognisable as her own and on first listening captivating. Always bringing freshness to even the oldest and well-worn song.
Her personal reflection on the songs recorded and made popular by Nina Simone add flavour and texture that remind us of the greatness and diversity of Nina’s career and sound. Gill began listening to Nina way, way back in the early 70’s when she raided her neighbour’s record collection and found something so different and exciting, she played it day and night for a year!!! Gill is delighted to be able to finally pay her own personal tribute to this legend.
Gill Manly has been a well-kept secret for far too long…..and is in sublime vocal form. A real treat.
Richard Rodney Bennett
Everything sounds effortless and her ballad singing is masterful. I remember thinking the day I first heard her that she was world-class,
GREAT singing is a wholly natural, seemingly god-given thing that channels vulnerability and momentarily changes the shape of the listener's heart....it can surge, destroy, upset, glorify, heal, elate, strengthen and clarify. Gill Manly is this"......Ian Shaw 2007
ears, Geoff GascPauloyne on bass and Simon Wallace on Piano.