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Roger Manins

Composer, Performer, Jazz Composer


New Zealand saxophonist and composer, Roger Manins, grew up in the Awhitu Peninsula, picking up the saxophone at the age of 12. Manins moved to Sydney in 1994, where he based himself for much of his musical career. In 1996, he left for New York, immersing himself in the creative hub of the New York scene for almost three years. Returning to Sydney, Manins began to emerge as a powerhouse in the ebullient Australian scene, winning the Australian International Jazz Awards title (saxophone) in 2002 at Wangaratta.

Manins brings a unique Trans-Tasman perspective to New Zealand jazz and performs regularly throughout the Australasian and Pacific regions. He has recorded on roughly 30 albums with many of Australasia’s leading artists and released six of his own projects, appearing on labels such as Rattle Jazz and Rufus Records. In both his recordings and performances, Manins demonstrates a deep understanding and love all Jazz styles including Blues, Traditional, Swing , Bossa Nova, Straight ahead ‘standards’, Hard Bop, Modern Jazz, Latin Jazz and Free Jazz. Recently, Manins featured on Anita Schwabe’s Eat Your Greens released in June 2018.

Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer at The University Of Auckland’s Jazz department. As well as being co-founder and Artistic Director of CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa, he also helps to coordinate the Auckland Jazz Festival.

Composed (41)


for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 8m 40s


for jazz quartet, 8m 9s


for jazz ensemble, 9m 25s

Bennett's Radio Blues

for small jazz ensemble

Bicycle Buddies

for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 8m 27s

big sis #1

for jazz ensemble, 7m 17s

big sis #2

for jazz ensemble, 7m 53s


for jazz quartet

Blues for Marty White

for jazz ensemble, 10m 35s


for sax, bass and drums, 4m 31s

Chook 40

for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 7m 14s

Chook Empathy

for jazz quartet, 6m 37s

Circles and Clouds

for small jazz ensemble

Circling in

for sax, bass and drums, 2m 52s

Crab Empathy

for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 7m 10s

Dark Bright

for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 6m 55s


for jazz quartet


for jazz quartet, 8m 48s

Hine E Hine

arranged for jazz quartet, 2m 46s

Huffle Shuffle

for small jazz ensemble

I Got Chicken

for jazz quartet, 4m 7s

jacqueline grace

for jazz ensemble, 7m 5s

John Scon

for big band

KungFu Alto

for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 12m 17s

Lancelot Link, Missing Chimp

for small jazz ensemble


for jazz quartet, 7m 2s

Norwegian Bush

for jazz quartet, 7m 30s

Peter The Magnificent

for jazz quartet


for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 5m 53s

Shallow Steve

for small jazz ensemble

Shoint 67

for jazz quartet, 3m 4s

The Beauty in Their Eyes

for small jazz ensemble

The Jocelyn Jive

for jazz ensemble, 15m 1s

The Thing

for saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, 5m 18s


for jazz ensemble, 7m 22s

Recordings (32)

GRG67 | The Thing - CD


Hip Flask | 2 - CD


Performances (3)

DOG - Jazz Staff Concert

The University of Auckland School of Music’s jazz staff ensemble DOG returns to the School of Mus...

Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa | Jonathan Besser & The Zestniks

__Jonathan Besser__ | piano __Peau Halapua__ | violin __Sophie Buxton__ | viola __Finn S...

CANCELLED: Auckland Arts Festival | Dixon Nacey & Friends

__Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) was sadly unable to open Thursday 4 March a...