Bevan Manson 

Composer & Jazz Pianist

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Audio Recordings

Bevan Manson Trio on CD: The Jazz Cave

The Jazz Cave features the Bevan Manson Trio with Edwin Livingston, bass and Matt Gordy, drums as well as several tunes with celebrated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, and appearances by organist Brian Charette, bassists Jeff D’Angelo and Santino Tafarella, and percussionist Brad Dutz.

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“The very enjoyable music on The Jazz Cave is his latest accomplishment." Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Historian

Album Notes

Composer/pianist Bevan Manson's new jazz album on MeisteroMusic Records, 'The Jazz Cave', includes an eclectic set of new tuneful post-bop charts and harmonically sophisticated contemporary lyrical pieces and standards.

It features his interactive trio with Edwin Livingston or Jeff D'Angelo on bass and Matt Gordy on drums, several cuts with celebrated L.A. jazz songstress Tierney Sutton, and one cut with the exciting young organist Brian Charette from NY, L.A. percussionist Brad Dutz and young bassist Santino Tafarella.

Jazz Improv Magazine has called his work "radical recasts of old wine in new bottles that bear repeated listening" while the San Jose Mercury New/Half Moon Bay Standard said that his piano playing "takes the listener on a fascinating voyage... his improvisations have a Bach-like buildup".

Bevan has worked with a wide variety of jazz and classical artists, including Jimmy Guiffre, Cheryl Bentyne, Gunther Schuller, George Garzone, Howard McGhee, Bob Sheppard, Matt Wilson, Ira Sullivan, The Fringe, Encore Saxophone Quartet, L.A. vocalist Cathy Segal Garcia, Joel Harrison, Cecil McBee, former LACO clarinetist Gary Gray, LACO violist Victoria Miskolczy, New Hollywood String Quartet, and many others.

His music is often very tuneful, but with subtle harmonies and rhythmic complexity.

Bevan has written and conducted string arrangements for saxophonist Gary Smulyan at New York's Blue Note jazz club, and recently wrote string arrangements for Manhattan Transfer singer Cheryl Bentyne’s new Sondheim album, of which JazzTimes Magazine commented that “ a kaleidoscopic, edge-of-sanity Comedy Tonight that, courtesy of arranger Bevan Manson, blends Baroque courtliness with Big Top buffoonery.” He recently produced and wrote arrangements for L.A. singer Cathy Segal-Garcia’s new album as well.

Based in L.A., bassist Edwin Livingston has performed or recorded with Donald Harrison Jr., Los Hombres Calientes, Elvin Jones, Peter Erskine, Will.I.Am, and Dave Slonaker's Big Band among many others. Drummer Matt Gordy has accompanied Frank Sinatra, Mose Allison, Joni Mitchell, and worked with Bevan in trio and sextet settings. Percussionist Brad Dutz is well known for his expertise in Latin, Middle Eastern, and East Indian percussion as well as his many years in the L.A. studios and tours with Maynard Ferguson. Vocalist Tierney Sutton is well known internationally with her many Tierney Sutton Band recordings, and has garnered 8 Grammy nominations.

The NYC organist Brian Charette has worked with Lou Donaldson and Chaka Khan, and is a young Grammy nominee as well as a Downbeat award winner. Bassist Jeff D'Angelo toured with Doc Severinsen for many years, and is an L.A. area bass mainstay. The youngest musician on this album, Santino 'Tino' Tafarella, has worked in Bevan's trio, toured with Bruce Forman, and is a member of Michael McDonald's Santa Barbara band.

Currently based in the L.A. area, Bevan has also worked in the TV and film industry. His music has been featured in several major films, including Morgan Spurlock’s movie, ‘The Greatest Story Ever Sold’. His music has appeared in the TV series ‘Breaking Bad’'and 'Big Bang Theory', among others. He has written scores for several independent films including ‘Banya’, ‘Killian’s Chronicle’, and ‘The Imported Bridegroom’. He also worked on the theme song for the TV series ‘Parks and Recreations’, and has appeared on-camera as a sideline musician on other shows such as ‘House’, ‘My Boys’, ‘JAG’, and ‘Numbers’, among others.

In the classical arena, the Washington Post called his Piano Quartet “powerfully polyrhythmic…also with sweet lyricism”. The piece received an American Music Center (now New Music USA) grant. Bevan has previously been on the jazz faculty at New England Conservatory, directed the jazz program at UC Berkeley, and currently heads the jazz scene at Ventura College. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

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“Radical recasts of standards that demand your attention.” 

~ Jazz Improv Magazine

Bevan on CD - Concert Music - Music of Bevan Manson

California Concertino for Flute & Chamber Orchestra
Sara Andon, flute; members of the Hollywood Studio Symphony; Scott Hosfeld, conductor

Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
Amy Hershberger, violin; Jennie Hansen, viola; Wolf Sebastian, cello; Bevan Manson, piano

Andrew Leonard, clarinet

Love In A Time of Garlic
Irina Voloshina, violin; Jennie Hansen, viola; Wolf Sebastian, cello

“Manson’s writing is brilliant, inventive, witty but never self-consciously clever.” Rafael de Acha, Rafael’s Music Notes (Cincinnati)