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Manuel Kaufmann's music has been performed by Greg Hopkins, Herb Pomeroy, Billy Cobham, Bobby Watson, Jerry Bergonzi, Adam Nussbaum, Claudio Roditi, Chuck Marohnic, Bob Gullotti, Franco Ambrosetti, Mike Richmond, Tommy Campbell, Christian Jacob, Jeff Galindo, Sam Pilafian, Tim Ray, Phil Grenadier as well as jazz ensembles from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eastman Jazz Ensembles and the Berklee Jazz Orchestra.

 

 

 

He has sold over two hundred of his self-published charts for large and medium-sized jazz ensembles. His compositions and arrangements have appeared in concerts in the US, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Israel, China, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Germany and Finland. 

 Manuel is currently a professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music.

 
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Manduca sexta

 

Led by composer/arranger/bassist Manuel Kaufmann, this newly formed three-horn sextet explores both powerful and more impressionistic sounds. It features mostly post-bop tinged originals and some fresh arrangements of the Great American Songbook.

 

Manduca Sexta is frequently performing at Ryles, the Beat Hotel, the Beehive and around the Boston area.

 

MS has featured Greg Hopkins, Rick DiMuzio, Phil Grenadier, Jeff Galindo, Jerry Sabatini, Dan Fox, Doug Johnson, Mike Connors, Plamen Karadonev, Bob Tamagni, Bill Fanning, Mark Shilansky, John Funkhouser and Aubrey Johnson.

 

 
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The Manuel Kaufmann Nonet is capable of a powerful large ensemble sound without overpowering the intimate chamber feel of a small jazz band. It performs mostly post-bop tinged originals and some fresh arrangements of the Great American Songbook at Ryles, The Beat Hotel, The Beehive, Berklee and other venues around the Boston area.

 

The MKN has featured Greg Hopkins, Rick DiMuzio, Phil Grenadier, Shannon LeClaire, Jeff Galindo, Jerry Sabatini, Dan Fox, Doug Johnson, Mike Connors, Megan de Riccio, Allan Chase, Plamen Karadonev, Bob Tamagni, Bob Pilkington, Michael Moss, Gus Sebring, Tim Ray, John Lockwood, Ben Whiting, Mike Peipman, Keala Kaumeheiwa, Braden Williams, Jeff Claassen and others.

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Aeolius Rising

by Manuel Kaufmann Nonet

Recorded on May 13 and 14th of 2014 featuring 

Phil Grenadier - trumpet

Rick DiMuzio - tenor saxophone

Shannon LeClaire - alto saxophone

Dan Fox - trombone

Megan Riccio - french horn

Ben Whiting - baritone sax/bass clarinet

Plamen Karadonev - piano

Keala Kaumeheiwa - bass

Bob Tamagni - drums

Mark Wessel - sound engineer

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Namib

by Manuel Kaufmann Jazz Orchestra

This album was recorded in November of 2010 and November 2011 with Greg Hopkins, Tim Ray, Rick DiMuzio, Jeff Galindo, Shannon LeClaire, John Lockwood, Bob Tamagni and many others.

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Manduca Sexta, Manuel Kaufmann Nonet

and Manuel Kaufmann Jazz Orchestra dates:

 

Manduca Sexta @Arlington Jazz Festival, April 23rd,2015, 4-5pm, $15

Manduca Sexta @Ryles, Thu April 23rd,2015 8:30-11pm, $10 (Inman Square, Cambridge MA, designated Ryles/S+S parking lot)

Manduca Sexta @The Beat Hotel, Wed, April 28th2015, 8pm-midnite, no cover (Harvard Square, Cambridge MA)

Manduca Sexta @Ryles, Tue, September 8th, 2015, 8:30-11pm, $10 (Inman Square, Cambridge MA, designated Ryles/S+S parking lot)

Manduca Sexta @Ryles, Tue, January 19th, 2016, 8:30-11pm, $10 (Inman Square, Cambridge MA, designated Ryles/S+S parking lot)

Manduca Sexta @Ryles, Tue, June 21st, 2016, 8:30-11pm, $10 (Inman Square, Cambridge MA, designated Ryles/S+S parking lot)

Manuel Kaufmann Jazz Orchestras, Monday, Sept. 26th, 2016, 8pm @Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA

Manduca Sexta @Ryles, Tue, Nov. 1st, 2016, 2016, 8:30-11pm, $10 (Inman Square, Cambridge MA, designated Ryles/S+S parking lot)

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The Great American Songbook Trio

focuses on the Golden Era of American Song

 

which includes the music of

Cole Porter

Jimmy Van Heusen

George Gershwin

Hoagy Carmichael

Victor Young

Duke Ellington

Billy Strayhorn

Kurt Weill

Richard Rodgers

Jerome Kern and others