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A talented jazz pianist and keyboardist, the two time Emmy Award winning multifaceted Nick Manson is also a composer, arranger and producer who has excelled in several fields. His piano playing is swinging, lyrical, consistently inventive, and quite individual. Throughout his career, Nick's performances are both accessible and creative, appealing to a wide audience yet remaining true to himself.

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Nick remembers his early years. "My grandfather was a classical pianist so I heard classical music early on. When I was ten I switched from a home organ which I hated to the piano, having nine years of classical piano lessons


Article: In Pictures

Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ

Read "Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

This is the second in a series of In Pictures articles on The Nash, a jazz club and educational institution that is at the heart of the jny: Phoenix jazz universe. This article celebrates visiting musicians who have roots in Arizona. Tenor titan Tony Malaby, a native of Tucson, brought his outstanding group Paloma ...


Jazz Noir

Label: Papillon/Blueport Jazz
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1 Noir Medley (9:11) Touch of Evil by Henry Mancini Laura by David Raksin Vertigo by Bernard Herrmann Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith Taxi Driver by Bernard Herrmann Blues In The Night by Harold Arlen 2 Stormy Weather (4:13) Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler 3 Film Noir (8:01) Dmitri Matheny and Dana Gioia 4 Audrey’s Dance (2:38) Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch 5 Crime Scenes (12:11) Dmitri Matheny 6 Here’s Looking At You (5:13) Charlie Haden 7 Caravan (5:07) Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Juan Tizol 8 Estate (5:14) Bruno Martino and Bruno Brighetti 9 Golden Lady (5:30) Stevie Wonder 10 High Wall (4:08) Bronisław Kaper 11 The Long Goodbye (4:54) John Williams and Johnny Mercer 12 What Now My Love? (5:14) Gilbert Bécaud and Pierre Delanoë


Sagebrush Rebellion

Label: Papillon/BlueportJazz
Released: 2014
Track listing: 1. It Could Happen To You 2. Petite Belle 3. Hit The Brakes 4. Here's Looking At You 5. Little Jimmy Fiddler 6. Warm Valley 7. One For Daddy-O 8. Red Reflections 9. Sagebrush Rebellion



Label: Manasus Music
Released: 2008
Track listing: Mercator; All About Lennie; Good, Clean, Fun; Red Door; His Scally Cap; Behind Enemy Lines; Roby.


Article: Album Review

Nick Manson: Mercator

Read "Mercator" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

Throughout his career, pianist Nick Manson has appeared in a wide variety of musical settings. He played in Lenny Kravitz's band in the early 80s, wrote Emmy-winning themes for television, and also composed a large oeuvre of commercial music. With Mercator, he returns to the jazz he grew up with, playing original compositions in a quartet ...


Song of the Day

In Loving Memory To Roby Duke

Label: Manasus Music
Released: 2008
Duration: 09:52


News: Recording

Keyboardist Nick Manson Releases "Mercator" with John Patitucci, Ian Froman & Andy Suzuki

Keyboardist Nick Manson Releases "Mercator" with John Patitucci, Ian Froman & Andy Suzuki

Mercator Nick Manson, John Patitucci, Ian Froman, Andy Suzuki Manasus Music 2008 Recorded in NYC on St. Patrick's Day, 2008, the improvisational music included within Mercator has little to do with luck, and everything to do with musicality, patience and soulful virtuosity. Mercator is the result of four journeyman jazz ...


Song of the Day

Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)

Label: Manasus Music
Released: 0
Duration: 6:20


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Nick Manson

Read "Take Five With Nick Manson" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Nick Manson: Originally from Seattle, Nick studied classical piano, privately for many years. He began writing music for big band as a sophomore in high school. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the Dick Grove School in Los Angeles. He has performed, arranged, and produced on numerous occasions in the past ...


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