About Georgina Jackson (a short biography)
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 and Big Bands in Concert Halls, television and radio, Georgina learnt 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 mike! 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 booo (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, were 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 July 2012.
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 heroine's) 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. This concert entitled 'Top That' is being broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 7th September.