Tribute to Cole Porter
Rocked by the jazz of her childhood (her English mother used to sing her 'cheek to cheek' to help her sleep !), Manu started her singing career in London when aged nineteen. Back in France, Manu sang in various bands, 'Magma', the famous French jazz-rock setup of legendary Christian Vander, or as a solo soprano vocalist with Urban Sax at the Versailles summit broadcasted live in Eurovision. She also sided with French star singer Bernard Lavilliers at the Olympia in Paris, and performed as singer of the 'Boto e Novos Tempos' band, as part of the big 'Brasil Stars' show with Chico Buarque, Vinicius Cantuaria etc. From then on she decided to lead her own band, and after a long stay in Brazil, Manu worked on developing her own musical style and repertoire with original songs with Daniel Goyone, Francis Lockwood, leading to the recording of the album AGORA in 1991. On her second stay in Brazil, she met her wonderful friends Hermeto Pascoal, Robertinho Silva and others, and in Paris the great trombonist Raul de Souza. Totally in love from then on with Brazilian music, Manu sings mostly bossa nova and jazz in France, Europe and Brazil. During 2007, back to the jazz of her childwood, Manu, who always had a passion for Cole Porter and for the jazz of the early years (30/50) , involves herself in a new project with renowned jazz musicians Alain Jean Marie on piano, bass player Gilles Naturel, John Bestch on drums et Xavier Richardeau on saxophone, a Tribute to Cole that she already perfomed live in Paris (Sunside & Duc de Lombards), and very recently at the last Marciac Jazz Festival. Her quintet is joined by other friends for the recording of her new album 'TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER', on wich Manu chooses 17 of his most beatiflul songs, with numerous guests like Francis and Didier Lockwood, Stephane Belmondo, Fred Sicart, Patrick Saussois, Pierre Mlmran, Rhoda Scott...The album will be released in october, and on this occasion there will be a show case on the 13th of october during the JVC Jazz Festival at the Sunside in Paris.