Georgina Jackson with NJO
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About the Event
We welcome Georgina to Nottingham as our special guest!
Georgina now works internationally as a cabaret artiste performing her entertaining trumpet/vocal shows on the world's most prestigious cruise lines. She is also to be found singing with the Echoes of Ellington Big Band and is in great demand performing up and down the country with her trio show and with guest soloist and workshop dates with Big bands both here and In Europe.
After acquiring a strange and somewhat unfashionable obsession with Jazz and Big Band music at an early age, (and in Wigan!) Georgina began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player almost everywhere up, down, left and right of the country. Working for years with many famous faces, such as Frank Sinatra Junior, Nancy Sinatra and Seal and touring Big Bands in Concert Halls, television and radio, Georgina learned her trade as a lead trumpet player.
Harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock rather than the same as 'the lads' in the band, Georgina decided to make a dash for the front mic! Setting up her own Big Band to play at a local ballroom was the first step to fufilling her frock and singing ambitions, and when the audience didn't boo (but actually cheered!) she decided that she would like to do it again, quite a few times actually!
Having sung in and led various sized bands with miscellaneous musicians in some very miscellaneous venues, Georgina decided to record and release her first CD. With support from Jazz FM (CD of the week) and Sir Michael Parkinson ''til there was you' climbed to the dizzy heights of Number 8 in the HMV jazz charts. The critical success of her first album led to Georgina landing her dream job as resident singer with the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra, where she performs most months.
Georgina's long awaited second album 'Watch What Happens' (recorded at Abbey Road studios, London) was released in June 2012, the first single 'Change Partners' shot to number 1 in the Itunes Jazz Chart and the album fought the likes of Nina Simone and Miles Davies to get into the top 5! The London Evening Standard awarded 'Watch What Happens' the CD of the week
In May 2012 the Radio 2 BBC Big Band asked Georgina to perform a concert of the songs of Peggy Lee (one of Georgina's heroines) this was broadcast in two half hour programmes on Radio 2 in August. A live concert/broadcast followed for BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night' in which Georgina sang Irving Berlin songs including 'They Say it's Wonderful' with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Steve Vintner trio.