David Mann

Whether you know it or not, you have heard David Mann's music. From his many solo records, to his work with Tower of Power, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Linda Eder (just to name a few) or from his unmistakable sound on ABC News Nightline and Monday Night Football you have heard David play.

But David Mann's musical adventure began a long time ago in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where David was exposed to the challenging world of Jazz. His career as a saxophonist, which includes performance and recording credits with many of the biggest names in music, originally started in a different direction. David was a diligent student of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane and aspired to one day play with Art Blakey and Miles Davis. David's influences eventually expanded to include David Sanborn and Michael Brecker, and David's style of blending classic Jazz with a more modern flavor was born .

Fresh out of the New England Conservatory of Music and new on the New York scene, David Mann launched his solo career in the formative days of contemporary jazz with the popular “Games” (1987) and “Insight” (1989) on the Island/Antilles label. Along with his brother, bassist Ned Mann, came the 1993 release of The Mann Brothers “Mann to Mann” on DMP records. In 2001, David released “Touch” on N-Coded Music which showcased his full range of abilities as a composer, producer, programmer, and of course as a saxophonist. Named “one of the best albums of the year” and “debut artist of the year” by Jazztrax “Touch “ finds David in fine company, teaming up with Bob James, Chris Botti, Chuck Loeb and Chieli Minuchi. Along with working on his own albums, David has become an increasingly accomplished composer and producer, working with such artists as Wayman Tisdale, Nelson Rangell, Steve Cole, Kim Waters, Point of Grace, and Rachel Z. In 2001 alone David scored two #1 NAC singles (with Wayman Tisdale and Steve Cole).

David's has performed and recorded with many of the biggest names in music, including Tower of Power (1993-1996) James Taylor, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Gil Evans, Pat Metheny, Sting, Madonna, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Billy Joel, Lyle Lovett, Bob James, Linda Eder, Liza Minelli, Patti Austin, Ivan Lins, Michael McDonald, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Williams, Bette Midler, Michael Bolton, Chieli Minucci, Luther Vandross, BB King, Phish, Spyro Gyra, Sergio Mendes, Bobby McFerrin, Leni Stern, Elements, Miles Evans Orchestra, Ricky Martin, Chuck Loeb, Special EFX, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Al Jarraeu, Rob Mathes, Club 1600, Whitney Houston, and George Russell. He also can be heard on many TV themes and jingles, including those for Monday Night Football, ABC News Nightline, NBA on TBS, The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, Later Today, 20/20, 48 Hours and Super Bowl XXIV on ABC. Movie credits include "Lucky Numbers", "Any Given Sunday", "Shaft 2","The Mask" and "Scrooged". David has performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops and the National Symphony and has toured extensively throughout the world.


As A Leader
2001 David Mann "Touch" N-Coded Music
1993 The Mann Brothers "Mann to Mann" DMP Records
1988 David Mann "Insight" Island/Antilles
1987 David Mann "Games" Island/Antilles

As a Producer/Composer
2001 Alphonzo Blackwell "" Shanachie Records
2001 Wayman Tisdale "Face to Face" Atlantic Records
2000 Nelson Rangell "Far Away Day" Shanachie Records
2000 Steve Cole Atlantic Records
1999 Nestor Torres "Treasures of the Heart" Shanachie Records
1999 Kim Waters "One Special Moment" Shanachie Records
1998 Kim Waters "Love's Melody" Shanachie Records
1998 Rachel Z. "Love is the Power" NYC/GRP Records
1997 Nelson Rangell "Always" Shanachie Records
1996 Nelson Rangell "Turning Night into Day" GRP Records

As a Sideman
2001 Special EFX "Butterfly" Shanachie Records
2001 John Favichia "Dharma"
2001 "To Grover to Love" Various Artists Telarc Records
2001 Carmen Cuesta "Peace of Mind" Skip Records
2001 Jay Rowe "Laughing Out Loud" Funhouse Records
2001 Chuck Loeb "In A Heartbeat" Shanachie Records
2000 Chieli Minucci "Sweet On You" Shanachie Records
1999 Bob James "Joy Ride" Warner Bros. Records
1999 Special EFX "Masterpeice" Shanachie Records
1999 Chuck Loeb "Listen" Shanachie Records
1998 Cheili Manuchi "It's Gona Be Good" JVC Records
1997 Paul Simon "Songs from the Capeman" Warner Bros. Records
1997 Chieli Minucci "Renaissance" Samson Records
1996 Jon Lucien "Endless Is Love" Shanachie Records
1996 Larry Coryell "Sketches of Coryell" Shanachie Records
1995 Leni Stern "Words" Lipstick Records
1995 Phish "Hoist" Elektra Records
1995 Tower of Power "Souled Out" Epic Records
1995 Luther Vandross "Songs" Epic Records
1994 Michael Bolton "The One Thing" Columbia Records
1994 The Fantasy Band "Fantasy Band" DMP Records
1994 Bobby McFerrin "Bang/Zoom" BlueNote Records
1993 Spyro Grya "Dreams Beyond Control" GRP Records
1992 Elements "Far East Vol. 1+2" Wavetone Records
1992 Rachel Z. "Trust the Universe" Columbia Records
1992 Patti Austin "Live at the Bottom Line" GRP Records
1987 Jeff Beal "Liberation" Antilles Records
1981 George Russell "The African Game" and "So What" Blue Note Records