A native of Chicago, Michael Manson took interest in the electric guitar at the age of 14. Influenced by Al Jarreau and intrigued by the technique of Jarreau’s bass player Abe Laboriel, his love of music soon began to shift towards the bass guitar. At 15, he and a group of friends formed “Togetherness”, releasing an album and two singles before Mike left to join the Navy six years later. After returning to Chicago to obtain both his B.A. and Master’s in Music degrees, he joined “City Lights” and began performing regularly on Chicago’s jazz circuit. In 1999, he was invited to play the Montreux Casino Lights ‘99 festival. Sharing the stage with the likes of Boney James, Kirk Whalum and George Duke. Afterwards, George invited him onboard the Montreux Jazz tour. Since then, Mike has performed with the “who is who” of contemporary jazz and also co-produced, for example, Brian Culbertson’s “I’m Gonna Miss You”, but he also continued to branch out, producing and writing while on tour. In 2002, Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage, releasing his solo debut “The Bottom Line”. Three albums followed and meanwhile he has joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists.


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