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Michael Manson

Michael Manson

With the release of his CD, The Bottom Line, Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists. 

His first single “Outer Drive” reached the top 10 on the R&R Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut The Bottom Line. This CD is a Billboard top 20 CD in Contemporary Jazz.

A native of Chicago, IL, he joined Brian Culbertson and began performing regularly on Chicago’s jazz circuit. In 1999, he was invited to play the Monteux Casino Lights Festival. Sharing the stage with the likes of Boney James, George Duke and Kirk Whalum, he made connections that would eventually lead to a spot performing on the Monteux Jazz Tour. 

On Michael Manson’s 2006 CD Just Feelin’ It, he is credited for writing and production. This CD is also a Billboard top 20 CD in Contemporary Jazz. For this album Michael collected the who's who of Smooth Jazz: Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, Nelson Rangell, Norman Brown, Paul Jackson Jr., the legendary George Duke and many more great jazz musicians. A great mix of contemporary jazz, R&B and even a little gospel, the “Coming Right at Ya” single went on to become a Top 10 R&R hit. With both unrelenting power and laid-back grace, this recording artist’s third CD entitled Up Front went on sale January 22, 2008 and was released under the quickly expanding Nu Groove Records label.  Guest artists on the new CD include: Norman Brown, Steve Cole, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Najee and Paul Jackson Jr.  

Michael recently released his fourth CD project entitled Thumpin’ Live, which is a live CD/DVD package became available June 10th 2014. In promotion of this project, Michael will be traveling both domestically and abroad with his ensemble. This new single, ‘Just One Touch’ from the CD, Thumpin’ reflects Manson’s unabated passion with joy and inspired artistry, “There are musical conversations that are intriguing and I hope the audience shares in that with me, that’s the joy of music. To make great music like that every night, is what it’s all about”, and you can hear that on the new release, Thumpin’!


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04 April 2017


Funk, Soul, Smooth