Bassist and composer Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London jazz scene

A founder member of the Loop Collective, he has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe. He’s also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans.

His debut quartet album “Headrush” was released on Loop Records in 2008 to critical acclaim. He followed this up with the 2013 Riff Raff album release “Hullabaloo” which was described as “Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener.” An even more ambitious Riff Raff album “Challenger Deep” came out in 2018 after an extensive Arts Council funded UK tour. He is also a founder member of the much respected e17 jazz collective. A new tour and album is planned for late 2023.

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Recording a new album


Riff Raff went into Porcupine Studios in SE London in December to record a new album called “Weightless”, to be released in 2024. The sessions included all the new material premiered on the road over the previous few months and written by Dave and Brigitte over the past few years.



Hi everyone I’m chuffed to bits to announce these tour dates with my band Riff Raff for this autumn. We’re very grateful to Help Musicians UK for helping to fund these gigs and making it …

Ivor Novello Award nomination

Ivor Novello Award nomination

This week I was at the The Ivors Academy Awards! It was special to get a nomination for best Jazz composition 2021 for “Dreams” by myself and the brilliant Brigitte Beraha especially …

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Challenger Deep by Dave Manington - album artwork

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep is Dave Manington’s 3rd album as leader and his most ambitious to date.

Riff Raff is …

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Hullabaloo by Dave Manington - album artwork


Released in 2013 on Loop Records

“Riff Raff mix the leader’s clever composing with a …

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