Hello and welcome to the online home of David Manson, Music Contractor.  I’ve worked in the music business for decades in diverse areas including jazz, orchestral, world music, rock and chamber music. I’ve provided music for events at Artis Naples, Salvador Dali Museum, Ringling Museum, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Chihuly Collection, Historic Asolo Theatre, Brasil Arts Festival,  Bonita Springs Cultural Center, St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, Palladium Theater, First Night, Lights On Tampa, many weddings and much more.  Based in the Tampa Bay area, I offer musical services and welcome any inquiries you may have concerning my work.

I only work with professional and reliable musicians.  If you need musicians for your special event, please call or email and l will assist in every way to make your event perfect.

Please take a look at my site and the groups that I work with directly.  I can also provide soloists and musical groups of almost any instrumentation.  Just let me know what you want!

My Standing Groups:

Helios Jazz Orchestra


The Helios Jazz Orchestra is an 18-member modern big band (with vocalist) directed by David Manson. Helios is a perfect choice for upscale wedding receptions, corporate and festival events. Repertoire ranges from Latin to Swing to Bebop and beyond. The group (formed in late 2008) has been featured in the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Festival, WMNF Jazz Jam, SPC Jazz Festival and the Sarasota Big Band Bash. Helios has backed vocalists Kevin Mahogany, Whitney James, Lorri Hafer, Bryan Hughes, Kathy Kosins, Nik Sharp, Belinda Womack, Denise Moore, Sasha Tuck, to name but a few.  An American treasure, there is nothing like the sound of a great big band!

YouTube videos:

NOVA 535: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhMQ3QeyZEg
Ybor Jazz Festival: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdKcPmOa_c8

Helios Swing dance set at NOVA 535

Helios blog site:

Helios Swingtet


Made up of the best musicians from the Helios Jazz Orchestra, the Helios Swingtet is a 7, 9 or 10-piece jazz big band with several possible singers including Sasha Tuck, Denise Moore, Andrea Manson, Nik Sharp & Bryan Hughes. The band performs jazz standards, Swing, ballads, Latin jazz and more. A wedding reception favorite, the Helios Swingtet is a great little big band!

YouTube video:

O Som Do Jazz


O Som Do Jazz (the Sound of Jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian Bossa Nova & samba-jazz. The Tampa Bay-based group features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. O Som Do Jazz is active with performances at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Salvador Dali Museum, Historic Asolo Theatre, Palladium Theater and in wedding receptions, special events and festivals. If you want authentic Brazilian music, this is the band!

Rio de Janeiro singer, Andrea

O Som Do Jazz web site: www.osomdojazz.com

YouTube videos: 
at the Friday Extra concert series - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6NMn7kNCVA
complilation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dFmy66fJpM



MIFU (the Mobile Itinerant Funk Unit) is a self-contained, New Orleans-style street band that plays funk, jazz and world music. Made up of the finest musicians in the Tampa Bay area, the group performed at the opening of the new Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Pride, WMNF-FM Tropical Heat Wave and Gasp! (Gasparilla Fringe Festival). If you want funky music to liven up your event and interact with audiences, MIFU is your band!

YouTube video:
at the opening of the new Salvador Dali Museum -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axAtQEIsb7Q

Fluid Motion balances form & groove with freedom and spirit.  Originally a project with jazz legend saxophonist/composer Sam Rivers, in today's configuration Fluid Motion is a tribute to Sam. The group's compositions are angular, intricate and postbop (in style) while the soloing is spirited and very connected with each specific composition.


Fluid motion serves both as a reminder of the presence of a lion in our midst and a promise of brilliant things to come from Manson and Powell. But it is the beautiful way that it all comes together that earns my vote for jazz record of the year." - Duck Baker, JazzTimes 1/03

Glorious Brass

A brass quintet in demand for weddings and outdoor events.  This group of orchestral musicians (including members from the Florida Orchestra) can play classical, jazz, Broadway and patriotic music at a very high level of performance.





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