Dave Manington

Double Bass, Bass guitar, Jazz

5 Reviews
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In demand as a creative Double Bass session player and touring musician. Fluent in all styles and flexible when it comes to working from complex charted arrangements or creating original parts by ear. I've played on many albums, appeared in theatre productions, on television and toured worldwide.

My background and main reputation is as a jazz Bassist, composer and a mainstay of the London jazz scene, having played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe including Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Gwilym Simcock, Gwyneth Herbert, and Yazz Ahmed amongst many others. I'm also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans. I've also worked in the theatre, as a session musician, and toured with singer songwriters. Whilst my main specialization is jazz, I often play with the bow (arco). I also work as an electric bass player, composer, arranger, and often contribute guitar parts and arrangements to collaborative singer-songwriter projects.
I'm looking forward to working with you and aim to find just the right sound and bass part to compliment your project.

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5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Joe Auckland

    I’ve worked with Dave on countless recording sessions over many years. He’s a hugely versatile and insightful musician and always a pleasure to work with. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

  2. Review by John K Miles - Composer

    I've worked a lot with Dave over the last decade, in jazz clubs, schools and concert halls. He is a brilliant bass player (double and electric), reader and improviser. He's also a really great guy to have on a session; relaxed, on it, creative, super friendly and gets on with everyone. Whether it's jazz, commercial, cross arts or education Dave's your man!

  3. Review by Dan

    Dave was reliable, professional and kept me updated to ensure he met my requirements. Dave is also a friendly, approachable guy to work with. Highly recommend!

  4. Review by Patrick Johns

    I have worked with Dave on and off for many years, and can not recommend him highly enough. He’s is my no.1 go-to bassist for live work, session work and everything in between - primarily Jazz, but also lots of pop and rock. As well as being a terrific player, Dave is also a first class *musician*. Great ears, extremely versatile and adaptable, and he has a deep understandIng of a vast range of music. He’s also an excellent sightreader, and a very useful guitarist! I am very pleased to be able to recommend Dave.

  5. Review by Lara EIdi

    As a songwriter and jazz vocalist, I couldn't recommend a better bass player ( and multi instrumentalist ) than Dave. It's an absolute joy to work with him not just as a musician but as an arranger and creative artist.It's no surprise that he is one of the most sought after musicians around, truly!

    Lara Eidi
    Jazz Singer/ Songwriter


Terms Of Service

Very happy to do a revision or 2 for free if reasonable. Can also send a few quick demos of ideas for you to choose your favourite. Typically turn around in less than a week.

GenresSounds Like
  • Norah Jones
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Miles Davis
Gear Highlights
  • Hungarian Double Bass
  • DPA bass mic
  • Rode Condensor mics
  • Ken Smith Electric Bass
  • Focusrite Scarlett interface
  • Ibanez fretless Electric bass
  • Telecaster
  • Takemine acoustic guitar
  • Mandolin
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