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 as not just a consummate vocalist but a gifted improviser, 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