It was an honor seeing you perform, it's incredibly fulfilling seeing World Class Jazz in small pockets of the world, made for a truly magical night. Thanks for the magical performance, and the pleasure of taking photos of you whilst seeing you perform.
- Carlos Strange, fan
OMG Gene – “Good show” does not really begin to cover it – it was awesome! I could listen to you all (and especially Viktorija) all day. A great time was had by all! Thanks so much!!
- Donna Fritchey, Miller Symphony Hall
- Renee Gaumond, fan
Very good singer!
- Oliver Keller, musician
Lookin' and sounding great! She's got pipes , pitch and phrasing for days...
- Cynthia Daniels, recording engineer/producer
Great music, great solo!!!
- Gina Schwarz, musician
WOW! Viktorija definitely has that special “something” - GREAT voice and presence.
- Mitchell Feldman, Mitchell Feldman Associates
Loved the video!
- John "Bing" Butenschoen, fan
I like Viktorija... her voice, her sense of the music, her presence...
- Richard Master, producer
Really like Viktorija.
- Dan Morgenstern, writer
- Jenine Saperstein, fan
Very nice singer, and the bassist is no slouch either!.
- Chuck Sher, Sher Music
This is very cool.
- Don Alias, Jr., radio personality
Wow! Sings her ass off and quite fine too.
- Randy Brecker, musician
I'd like to play with her.
- David Liebman, musician
- Mark Morganelli, Jazz Forum Arts
Last night Krisi and I listened to "Exactly Like You"...again...and again...and again, for at least an hour! You were on fire that night!
- Dimitar Marmorov, fan
- Don Gorder, Berklee College of Music
I love it!
- Carole Meier, show producer
She's very good... very relaxed and swinging.
- Hillary Allen, fan
Yeah the lady sings!! Ella like sometimes. Enjoyed it.
- Ken Lauber, record producer
Viktorija is lovely... your group is so solid, I felt like I was able to catch a ride on her magically woven lyrics.
- Anne Rich, fan
Beautiful singer. I love that video. Watched it a couple of times.
- Martin Cohen, Congahead
muggy, rainy nights back to back with Viktorija Gecyte and Go Trio on their
Spring Fever Tour...
mostly Im singing Cest si Bon. This was the first song
of their first set both nights, and those three little words sum up Gene Perla,
Sean Gough, and Doug Hirlinger, bass, piano, and drums respectively, in suit
and tie, shoes shined; "Cest si Bon" says everything they want from
music. The Go Trio backs into each song, confident, no tricks, simply yielding.
So far as these two nights with The Go Trio are concerned, damned if I heard
any trouble in paradise; I mean, there were no disconnects. And when everything
clicks and you are the bass, you are the piano, you are the drumswho has
time to plot your coordinates? You feel so free.
Viktorija Gecyte (get-CHEET-hey) has a voice like a great big champagne-colored
Brougham dElegance. New tires. Chrome wheels with no rust on the spokes.
A range that gets eight miles to the gallon, topsbut what eight miles.
Blue Skies, Honeysuckle Rose, Well Be
Together Again. She hit every note in its resonant center, kept her
phrasing just at cruising power and sang long lines, some clear, some in
shadow. And what a moment when shed stamp her gladiator sandal on the
downbeat to start a blues. But Cest si Bon was the song for
me. For those of you about to swoon, she salutes you with, 'Its so good/To
whisper sweet words/Little nothings/But little nothings that can be said again
- Matthew Crain, Easton Is Home ~ Click
here for the
"It was an evening of ease, and style, as Viktorija and Go Trio turned out one classic tune after another with extraordinary skill, voice range, and beauty. Viktorija is an assured professional with stage presence and class."
Ethel Drayton-Craig, Miller Symphony Hall
For Gecyte, singing is nothing
less, and nothing more, than musical conversation. "I like preparing to be
comfortable, so I can respond to everybody and anything," she says. "I
find singing very emotional and sensual. It's almost like flirting, especially
when it's swinging." Gough, who teaches jazz piano at Lafayette, says,
"There's also enormous fun and sweetness and vulnerability for those who know
her well. It's always there in the music. Sometimes it makes us cry."
Geoff Gehman, Lafayette College ~ Click here for the
Vocalist Viktorija Gecyte began singing in her native Lithuania at 5, and began jazz at 11. She says the selections she performs from "The Great American Songbook" are well known in her native country. Spontaneous, intimate, sensual and fun are descriptions that could be applied to Gecyte's singing, which displays a confidence that belies her age.
- Dave Howell, The Morning Call ~ Click here for the
Once again, I can’t thank you enough for a wonderful evening of jazz this past Friday. The combination of Viktorija's stunning vocals with the amazing talent of Go Trio was an unbeatable combination. The response from our audience was unanimously positive and the reviews were glowing.
- Donna Fritchey, Miller Symphony Hall
Viktorija Gecyte (geh-CHEE-tah) is a Lithuanian-born, Paris-based vocalist who's steeped in the Jazz tradition. Earnestly delivering standards such as "That Old Black Magic" and "Night And Day" at Chris' (Philadelphia) with a sweet, unaffected voice and an engaging smile, it was surprising to find her singing without a noticeable accent, but lo and behold, she went to Lafayette College in Easton, PA. In Paris, she finds work singing in English and is in demand for her lack of an accent and her sense of swing, two things lacking in Franch native vocalists. She was touring this night with Go Trio, a very in-the-pocket crew headed by well-documented bassist Gene Perla, pianist Sean Gough, and drummer Jon Arkin.
- Cadence Magazine
Viktorija Gecyte is filling the
room with a dusky, easy voice that seems to come from nowhere and go everywhere.
Supported by a supple trio of bass, drums and piano, who sails through the
slipstream of "That Old Black Magic," "That Old Devil Moon" and other stardust
standards. Long before the beer-sign clocks strike midnight, she turns a saloon
into a salon.
- Geoff Gehman, ICON Magazine ~ Click
here for the
Gene Perla may not be one of the best-known bassists in jazz, but his pedigree is undeniable. He spent the early 1970s accompanying Elvin Jones, just a few short years after the legendary drummer left the employ of John Coltrane, and his impressive résumé also includes Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Sonny Rollins. The Go Trio offers the 72-year-old Perla the chance to delve into the jazz songbook with a younger generation, namely pianist Sean Gough and drummer Doug Hirlinger. For this stop they’ll also be accompanied by vocalist Viktorija Gecyte, whose smoky hues are ideal for seductive renderings of “My Foolish Heart” or “I’ll Remember April” but come fully alive when she tackles folk songs from her native Lithuania.
- Shaun Brady, Philadelphia CityPaper
Wow... so beautiful. Viktorija is a stone cold beauty. Thanks for sending me
the track. It assures me that depth and beauty are still here... "Tenderly" is
- Sunny Wilkinson, vocalist/educator
Love it! Very real. She sings it like
she means every word of it. That is awesome!
She really has a very
beautiful voice. Strong and tender at the same time. Unique!
Great rendition of that song! "Tenderly"
- Velvet, fan
So I got home an hour ago - prematurely tipsy, somewhat
depressed... you know the situation. I put your San Francisco CD on, and it did
miracles. One of the best things that have happened to me this month.
- Jan Duchoslav, fan
Wow! All of it terrific. Love the harmonies.
Yes... very nice... lush!
Viktorija is tremendous -- wow!
I loved the "Tenderly"
video! Great arrangement!
- Abelita Mateus, fan
really loved "Tenderly." Viktorija's tone is wonderful.
She sings from the heart and looks great.
- Carmen Jon, vocalist
“I can’t say anything more than what a SUPERB evening.”
- Anonymous, Miller Symphony Hall