Ethan Mann Quartet

Ethan Mann Quartet


Guitarist and composer Ethan Mann leads a group of top notch N.Y. jazz musicians


Ethan began playing guitar at the age of eleven. He was soon drawn to the sounds of Big Bill Broonzy, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery Thelonious Monk, and Weather Report. As a young man he played in r&b bands in Massachusetts and Connecticut and eventually supported himself in that manner. He moved to New York in 1991, where he was soon immersed in the bebop and modern jazz sounds of the city. Ethan won a scholarship at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied guitar with Rodney Jones and Jack Wilkins. Mann was chosen to play in master class with Wynton Marsalis and Jim Hall. He was a member of the MSM Jazz Orchestra which performed concerts with guest artists such as Milt Hinton, and Maria Schneider. During Ethan�s time in the orchestra, they recorded a CD called, "The Composers Then and Now". The CD was reviewed by Ira Gitler who said, "Guitarist Ethan Mann is laid back and then Raney-ly intense". At MSM, Mann explored the future and legacy of jazz with a great faculty, and an extremely talented student body, which included Jason Moran and Myron Walden.

After graduating from MSM in 1995, Mann quickly established his reputation as both a sideman, and a band leader on the New York scene. He�s played at Birdland, The 55 Bar, Iridium, Zinc bar, Detour, and Columbia University. In 2003 Ethan was featured at a faculty concert at Manna House Workshops, where he presented nine of his compositions with the help of Myron Waldon- alto sax, Chris Berger- bass, and Scott Neumann- drums. Out of town gigs include the Montreal Jazz Festival , The Hot Club Of Portugal. and, Jazz Cafe, in Rome. Mann recently completed a tour of Japan with singer Mari Watanabe. They were well received in jazz clubs and concerts in Tokyo, Kobe, Ashiya and Kyoto.

"Central Park North" is the title of Ethan's debut recording as a leader. He is joined by Rahn Burton- organ, Bill Moring- bass and Scott Neumann- drums. The disc contains seven original compositions, and two standards. Ernie Pugliese reviewed the CD for Jazz Improv Magazine and wrote; " Central Park North is a refreshing offering from a standout young guitarist and composer". Florence Wetzel of All About Jazz wrote of Ethan�s work as a sideman on "Leave It To Luther" by the Luther Thomas Quartet; �...Mann deserves mention, his guitar is sonorous and vibrant...�
Ethan maintains a busy performance schedule and teaches guitar at Crestwood Music Education Center and Manna House Workshops. In March 2005 he will present new compositions at a Crestwood faculty concert. He remains eager to share his passion for music with anyone who cares to listen.


Ethan Mann- Central Park North
JaRon Eames- Sounds Good to Me
Luther Thomas- Leave it to Luther
MSM Jazz Orchestra- The Composers Then and Now

Set List

The group plays a combination of original compositions and jazz standards with two or three sets ranging 45 min to 1 hour 10 min