David Manson

David Manson

Instrument: Trombone | Location: Tampa

Works in [a] more experimental vein, and pushes the boundaries of trombone virtuosity into unexpected directions.
—Marino Guida, Tangents

Updated: September 7, 2021

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

ASCAP Awards


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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, Tangents

“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

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Clinic/Workshop Information

David Manson is available for workshops in a variety of topics including:

Music Technology... using new computer applications from a musician's viewpoint

Trombone Through the Ages... a look at the instrument and repertoire from a historical perspective

Making Your Way in Music... skills you need to survive in the business of music

The Real Bossa Nova... how the Brazilians created the most beautiful music on the planet

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Past Concerts

  Fri, Oct 1
St. Petersburg, FL
Jazz On The Quad
St. Petersburg College Quad
Fri, Oct 1. 6:00 pm