Sarah Manning

Alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning is a harmonious creature. She is the lone red fox atop a pile of shale on the outskirts of the urban landscape, her singular musical voice illustrating the contradiction of an artist drawn to the woods even as she feels the gaze of a thousand bright city lamps. With the release of Harmonious Creature on Posi-Tone on January 21st, 2014, she unites the small town and the metropolis with compositions featuring violist Eyvind Kang, electric guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, bassist Rene Hart and drummer Jerome Jennings.

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”Not only is Sarah Manning a fearless and intense player, she’s a fearless and intense composer...Restless, irrepressible, unafraid and unfailingly terse, much of what she does here is transcendent.” - Lucid Culture, on Dandelion Clock

”With Two Rooms Same Door, Sarah Manning’s second CD, the young Bay Area saxophonist announces her arrival as a unique voice in a generation often derided for a lack of individuality. Manning sounds like nobody else, in her distinctive alto tone or in her intriguing compositional style.” — Forrest Dylan Bryant,

”Sarah Manning can swing as naturally as she breathes—an enlivening presence in the new generation of jazz makers” —Nat Hentoff, liner notes for HOUSE ON EDDY STREET

”After more than 40 years of both performing and presenting jazz, it's very unusual and a genuine treat to hear music that's truly unique

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Available for private instruction in studio or via Skype. Sarah Manning has a wide variety of experience with students of all ages. She has taught as an adjunct private lessons instructor at Smith College, at Berkeley California's Jazzschool Summer Youth Music Program, the Jazzschool Course "Improvising Eighth Note Lines" for adults, Composition and Performance at Excel at Amherst College, and as a music instructor (sax, clarinet, trombone, trumpet) in the South Hadley Public Schools

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