Sarah Manning

Sarah Manning


"Sarah Manning can swing as naturally as she enlivening presence in the new generation of jazz makers. Manning plays - and writes - in what is unmistakably her own voice." - Nat Hentoff



July 8th, 2005: While all eyes are on New York, Bay Area jazz artist Sarah Manning has been quietly emerging on the national jazz scene - with a sound all her own. According to Nat Hentoff, the twenty something alto saxophonist and composer “can swing as naturally as she breathes…an enlivening presence in the new generation of jazz makers. Manning plays - and writes - in what is unmistakably her own voice.” Empowered by the innovative online business model ArtistShare, she'll be sharing with fans her pursuit of a unique sound as she prepares for her debut at the renowned jazz club Yoshi's on November 21st, 2005, where she'll record her second album live. Grammy nominated producer Bud Spangler will be recording the performance for future broadcast as well on his radio program, “Sunday Night Suites.”

Manning brings to ArtistShare and her fans all the trouble she will inevitably get into as a fierce young artist struggling to build her career. Become a member of the Yoshi's Street Team and follow the intrigue as she writes seven original tunes and practices for the show. It's free! Features include photo galleries, essays, audio clips, sheet music, and Elflion Radio - a monthly streaming audio broadcast highlighting that month's composition as well as an interview relating to the project. June's broadcast features an interview with Peter Williams, Artistic Director of Yoshi's, as well as an in-depth look at Manning's compositional process. In a nod to the impact of technology on music delivery, participants can download SAXBot! - a free series of sax loops compatible with audio software like GarageBand. Yoshi's Street Team members can also compete for prizes through fun activities designed to spread the word about Sarah's music.

Sarah Manning's debut album House on Eddy Street is available for purchase as part of the “Live at Yoshi's 2005” project on ArtistShare. You can even download it right to your iPod! This independent release of original music features pianist Randy Porter, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Akira Tana - and liner notes penned by renowned critic Nat Hentoff. In April 2005's JazzTimes, David Franklin observed, “Sounding like no one but herself, she possesses a well-focused, slightly edgy tone that suits equally her firmly swinging, uptempo postbop excursions and her highly melodic slow-tempo explorations.” Michael Burman of KCSM Jazz 91 chose House on Eddy Street as number five in his list of the top ten new releases of 2004.

Originally from New England, Manning recently moved to the West Coast, inspired in part by a previous journey by Greyhound bus. Girl and horn took the bus all the way from New York to San Francisco where Sarah played on the street for eleven days and paid for her trip by busking for change. Without a rhythm section, and trampled upon by tourists and businesspeople, she began to develop the edginess and determination she displays today.

In an era when jazz labels are striving to expand their audience, Sarah's youth, gender and musical daring bring jazz to a whole new demographic. Join the “Live at Yoshi's 2005” project and be a part of the experience! Visit now!


House on Eddy Street
Elflion Records 2004
Sarah Manning - Alto Saxophone
Randy Porter - Piano
John Wiitala - Bass
Akira Tana - Drums
With Mike Olmos - Trumpet (Track 4)

Set List

Focus on originals, also plays jazz standards.