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.

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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 because it’s voted for by a panel of our peers and musical heros.

Rolling tune

New video "Rolling Tune"

Here’s a tune of mine I’ve been working on recently, which I’ve called “Rolling tune” currently whilst I think of something better to name it. Any suggestions?! I’ve also been working on creating a …

New track "Woolly Mammoth"

New track "Woolly Mammoth"

Recorded remotely in lockdown, this track was written for a group of like-minded London jazz musicians brought together by Rick Simpson to rehearse and workshop each others new music for medium/large …

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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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