What I’m Listening to: Luca Manning

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Luca Manning's Top 5 Tracks Right now!

You’ve heard the music they create, but have you ever wondered what’s on the playlists of our Jazz Orchestra musicians? We’ll be revealing just that in our What I’m Listening To series.

This week, we caught up with one of our vocalists Luca Manning to give us an insight into what he’s listening to and what inspires him.

Falling – Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet

This is the second single released by Elftet from their upcoming debut album. I really love the orchestration of this song, and it beautifully features Ella Hohnen-Ford on vocals. I love this band because it is full of amazingly talented young musicians who play incredible music.

The Airport – Matt Carmichael

This is a new tune by Scottish saxophonist, Matt Carmichael. When this came out a few months ago it instantly gripped me. I remember listening to it and thinking that there was something so special about the way this band plays together. Perhaps I am slightly biased because they are all very good friends of mine, but I love the energy, interaction and lyrical playing that is present in this tune.

You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me – Cecile Mclorin Salvant

This tune is the final track on Cecile’s “Dreams and Daggers” album. I am a huge fan of Cecile; in my opinion she is one of the most innovative jazz singers around at the moment. I love this album and I remember hearing this track for the first time and being totally amazed by the whole performance. This track in particular has so much energy and such a great feel. I won’t give too much away – go listen!

Black March – Kenny Wheeler with the London Vocal Project

This is a tune from Kenny Wheeler’s Mirrors album which features Norma Winstone and the London Vocal Project. The whole album is amazing, but this tune particularly sticks out for me. There are so many incredible musicians on this record including Nikki Iles on Piano, James Maddren on Drums and of course, Kenny Wheeler himself.


 Tea For Two – Blossom Dearie

I’ve started to really enjoy listening to Blossom Dearie’s records recently. The clarity in her voice and her hip choice of tunes is something that makes her truly unique. I love her version of “Tea For Two” as she features the verse (which isn’t often done on this tune) and sings it at a uniquely slow tempo. This track was my gateway into the treasure trove that is Blossom Dearie’s discography; check her out!

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