SHIM - Particle Zoo

This free-bop sextet performed on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Child of the Sun Festival, Subtropics New Music Festival, was featured in the JazzSouth radio series and received four "Best of the Bay Awards" from Creative Loafing.  Members included David Irwin, David Pate, T.J. Glowacki, Keith Hedger, Jim Stewart and David Manson.

Visions - EMIT compilation

Visions is a compilation of selected performances from the EMIT series in St. Petersburg, Florida. More than half of the CD was recorded in the Salvador Dali Museum. The music ranges from experimental to electronic ambient to free jazz with the world's leading innovative artists.

Artists include Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, Pamela Z, Chris Brown, Phil Gelb, David Manson, Amy Denio, Daniel Carter, Saturnalia, Day & Taxi, Eugene Chadbourne, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald & SHIM.  This is the only recording available of reed masters Sam Rivers and Evan Parker performing together.

Fluid Motion

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. Members includes Ronnie Burrage (drums), Jeremy Powell (saxophones), Jonathan Powell (trumpet), bassist Jon Shea and David Manson (trombone). 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

"Rivers shows a fellow composer's respect for the material, paying tribute to its virtues with probing lines. Powell - almost as much as the compositions - calls those Booker Little sessions to mind with his crackling, slashing blowing. Combine that with drummer Anthony Cole's unrelenting kicks and Doug Mathews' firm massaging of the harmonic spine of the tunes, and you have a session that should not be missed." - David Dupont, Cadence 1/03

"On a new recording by trombonist-composer David Manson, Fluid Motion, I heard, for the first time, 20-year old trumpeter Jonathan Powell. Powell's crackling range and electricity of his imagination reminded me of the first time that I heard Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. I didn't think of Jonathan Powell as a category. His voice is his own, as is that of the always-contemporary 79-year old Sam Rivers, on the same date." - Nat Hentoff, JazzTimes, 4/03

"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. They delve into the free zone on "Crossdrift" - where Powell's corpulent tone and lyrically charged soloing supplements a few jagged, bop motifs. Here and throughout, the musicians' outwardly, magnetic camaraderie provides much of the magic. Consequently, the title Fluid Motion, denotes just one of the many notable attributes witnessed on this incontestably superb effort! (Zealously recommended...)" - Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz 11/2002

"In a just world, this self-produced album might be heralded as a mini-classic, or at the very least, as simply a splendid debut. For once, the superlatives are deserved, and with any luck, this one should herald the emergence of an exciting new talent and an important new band." - Steven Loewy

"Fluid Motion manages a scintillating middle ground between post-bop structure and freedom. It rarely dissolves into random improvisation, but is instead a hard-swinging affair with plenty of spirited blowing by Rivers, Manson and young trumpet phenom Jonathan Powell. Rivers' rhythm section of drummer Anthony Cole and bassist Doug Mathews lend muscular backing. The CD's sound quality is exemplary, more deep and organic than most stuff released on bigger labels." - Eric Snider, Weekly Planet - "Best Jazz CD for 2002"

"Expanding Rivers' trio concept into a quintet has provided even greater fullness and diversity... Although the uptempo cuts are freewheeling and the soloists stretch out for extended sojourns, the concept of time has not been abandoned. The pulsating beat underpins the music, allowing it to breathe openly with a slight hint of structure. Regardless of billing, any chance to hear Rivers is a worthy endeavor, and this performance only reinforces why that is so. Manson and Powell play with decided ease with Rivers' group, making the set a true delight." - Frank Rubolino, One Final Note

"Two Questions: Who are these guys? And what are they doing with Sam Rivers? Sorry for the New York-centric approach, but pressing the play button on this disc by Fluid Motion had me scrambling for the lineup. This quintet comes out kicking ass and I hadn't taken in any names. Except, of course for Sam Rivers, the seventy-something saxophonist, a pillar in the 1960's avant- movement and New York loft scene of the 70s. Maybe that's why this disc shocks. Rivers is the big name in this quintet, but he isn't the focus. Trombonist David Manson is, in that the quintet is playing all of his compositions. The band has drummer Anthony Cole and bassist Doug Mathews, two musicians familiar with Rivers from those RivBea Orchestra records and a hip trio session from 1996, Concept (RivBea). Manson adds trumpeter Jonathan Powell and there is something special happening here." - Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz

Selected Solo Performances

Villa-Lobos Institut - Rio de Janeiro, BONK New Music Festival, SCI National Conference; Miami, FL - SEAMUS National Conference; Birmingham, AL - Subtropics New Music Festival; Miami, FL - The Salvador Dali Museum; St. Petersburg, FL - University of South Florida; Tampa, FL - Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Cincinnati, Ohio - Baylor University; Waco, TX - University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS - St. Mary of the Woods College; Terre Haute, IN - University of Missouri-Columbia; Columbia, MS - Pedagoska akademija; Zagreb, Yugoslavia - Staatliche Hochschule für Musik; Freiburg, Germany


David's former trombone and jazz students include:

Jamie Williams - Second Trombonist, Dortmund Philharmonic

Chad Arnow - Bass Trombonist, Dayton Philharmonic

Brad Williams - former Second Trombonist, Buffalo Philharmonic, Principal Trombonist in the Sarasota Orchestra

Joe Porter - former bassist with Maynard Ferguson

Marius Dicpetris - Glenn Miller Orchestra and freelancer in NYC

Jim Grubbs - Lexington Brass Band

Chuck Parrish - former lead player for Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Mel Torme

Alex van Duuren - orchestral trombonist in Florida and Michigan


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

Pro Tools as an Instrument

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

The Grant Game... how musicians can tap into grant resources

New Directions in Trombone... a look at innovative trombonists and composers

The Nonprofit Base... how directing a nonprofit corporation can provide security and opportunities for musicians

Tweaking Your Big Band... getting the best from your players