David's musical experiences range from opera to soukous to avant garde to jazz to brass quintet to orchestra to Zappa and so on. He has been soloist and/or composer with the BONK New Music Festival, Subtropics New Music Festival, Society of Composers, SEAMUS and performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Eugene Chadbourne, Davey Williams and other innovators. His recordings include Modern Music for Trombone, Particle Zoo, Fluid Motion (with Sam Rivers), Beast, Infinita Bossa, A Kiss for Rio Radiant Forces & Go!.
David directs the nonprofit EMIT series of adventurous music and leads Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz and the Helios Jazz Orchestra. David teaches jazz, low brass and recording arts at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. His orchestral works have been performed by the Florida Orchestra. Recent television placements include Looking on HBO, Grandfathered on Fox, Riverdale on CW, Preacher on AMC, Single Parents on ABC and Your Honor on Showtime.
Fulbright project in Turkey
JazzSouth radio feature for SHIM
two Florida Fellowships for composition
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Working in more experimental vein, and pushing the boundaries of
trombone virtuosity into unexpected directions, Manson has filled this release
with a variety of settings for his instrument... Suffice to say the trombone is
alive and well, and conspiring with other renegade spirits to form a bestiary
of intriguing and kaleidoscopic sound collages. - Marino Guida,
“Trombonist David Manson has fashioned an extraordinary array of
compositions for this quintet, featuring the great saxophonist Sam Rivers...
At times, the band purveys a 60s style “Blue Note Records,” sound! But, the
thrust of this outing is founded upon bouncy rhythmic structures to coincide
with the artists’ expressive unison choruses
Willing to teach
David Manson is available for workshops in a variety of topics including:
Music Technology... using new computer applications from a musician's
Trombone Through the Ages... a look at the instrument and repertoire from a
Making Your Way in Music... skills you need to survive in the business of
The Real Bossa Nova... how the Brazilians created the most beautiful music
on the planet
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