Dave Manington completed a Bmus degree at Nottingham University focusing on composition, then went on to study jazz at the Guildhall School of music the following year. Since leaving he has played with most of the top jazz musicians in the country; luminaries such as Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, , Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Michael Garrick, Pete Wareham, Gwilym Simcock, Pete King, Martin Speake, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, Salena Jones, Roberto Pla, Tina May, Natacha Atlas, Martin Shaw and John Etheridge amongst many others. He's also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans both as a performer and as a compositional collaborator.
The musicians he is most passionate about playing with are his contemporaries, many of whom he has worked with since moving to London to study at the Guildhall. Many collaborations and projects have been spawned from these connections and it was with the most like minded of these people that he founded the Loop Collective seven years ago in order to pool creative resources and promote their music more effectively. He has composed for and led his own septet, trios, and quartet, whilst also contributing music to many other people’s projects. His debut quartet album "Headrush" was released on Loop Records in 2008 to critical acclaim. He is also a founder member of the much respected e17 jazz collective and is currently writing new music for the e17 Large Ensemble.
Dave Manington's Riff Raff is his current project. This dynamic ensemble of young musicians features the highly acclaimed musicians Brigitte Beraha (Paul Clarvis/Chris Laurence, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, L.J.O.), Ivo Neame (Cinematic Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Phronesis), Tomas Challenger (Outhouse/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Ronnie Scotts All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Stan Sulzmann/Kenny Wheeler/Art Farmer). The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms. Several new compositions feature fantastic lyrics from Brigitte Beraha and on other tracks she sings wordless vocals, often harmonizing with the sax line to great effect. A new album "Hullabaloo" was released in january 2013 followed by a UK tour.
Dave has also accumulated extensive studio experience recording albums and sessions as a sideman for jazz, pop and singer-songwriters, as well as appearing on film and TV sessions. Dave's music has recently been heard on Radio 3 as well as several European jazz radio programmes, internet radio stations and on television. He's played all around Europe and appeared in many international festivals including the Manchester, London, Katmandu, Cyprus, Swanage, Gateshead and Brecon jazz festivals over the last few years. He was also nominated for a Worshipful Company of Musicians jazz medal award in 2006. As an educator, he has taught Double Bass, Guitar and Jazz Improvisation in schools and universities for many years, and also regularly helped to run workshops on Improvisation and ensemble playing.