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david manson

composer, trombonist, contractor, presenter and educator.

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A musician with diverse musical interests. He began his performance career with positions in the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Later he toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and backed legendary artists including Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Tommy Tune, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany and others. He also recorded and worked with Cecil Taylor, Eugene Chadbourne, Davey Williams, John Lindberg & Sam Rivers. David’s degrees include a doctorate from the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music. He was trombonist and arranger for Bogus Pomp, an acclaimed Frank Zappa repertoire band, for 14 years. His 2002 recording “Fluid Motion” with jazz legend Sam Rivers, was selected by JazzTimes critic Duck Baker as his “vote for jazz record of the year.” David served eight years on the board of the Pinellas County Arts Council. He is a recipient of ASCAP Awards, Artist Fellowships from the Florida Arts Council and an artist feature in the Southern Arts Federation’s JazzSouth radio program. His orchestral works have been performed by the Florida Orchestra and others. David has curated the EMIT series of adventurous music at the Salvador Dali Museum and other local venues for the past 20 years. David leads Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz and directs the 18-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra, directs the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and teaches Pro Tools courses in the MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) program at St. Petersburg College. Recordings include: Modern Music for Trombone, Visions, Fluid Motion, Infinita Bossa, Beast & A Kiss for Rio and Radiant Forces (a dvd of the Helios Jazz Orchestra). His original music has been featured in "Looking" on HBO and "Grandfathered" on Fox.