"Ethan Mann is one of the keepers of the flame of jazz guitar. Having absorbed the lessons of those masters before him he continues his quest to play music that is both rich and warm as well as exciting. He is among the finest guitarists of his generation. He is worthy of the ears of any lover of great music and jazz guitar."
- Rodney Jones, Professor - Manhattan School of Music. Blue Note Records Recording Artist
Ethan Mann has lived in NYC since 1991. He is a guitarist, bandleader, sideman, composer and educator. Past performances include gigs at Dizzy's, Birdland, Iridium, 55 Bar and Smoke. He appears every Monday at The Carlyle Hotel. Mann accompanies many wonderful singers including Marianne Solivan, Marion Cowings and Brianna Thomas. He teaches guitar and has been a member of the jazz faculty at Crestwood Music Education Center in Eastchester since 2003 and at Manna House Workshops in East Harlem since 1999.
Ethan is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied guitar with Rodney Jones, Jack Wilkins and Chris Rosenberg He was chosen to play in master classes with Wynton Marsalis and Jim Hall. He was a member of the MSM Jazz Orchestra which performed concerts with guest artists such as Milt Hinton, and Maria Schneider. During Ethan's time in the orchestra, they recorded a CD called, The Composers Then and Now. At MSM, Mann explored the future and legacy of jazz with a great faculty, and an extremely talented student body, which included Eric Harland, Jason Moran and many others.
Mann has performed his compositions in concert settings at: Manna House' MEEE series in 2003 and 2006 and 2011. Crestwood Music Education Center's faculty concert in 2005 the Riverside Church's Jazz by the Riverside series in 2009 and 2011 and Soiree Musicales Concert series in 2012 and 2013.
Ethan's latest recording “ Acoustic Project ” with Arturo Vera was released in May 2012. It was reviewed by Dan Bilawsky for All About Jazz, who said “The Acoustic Project is a confluence of classical styling, Spanish-tinged songs, and improvisational elements, brought together by two men who have ample knowledge and skill in all three areas.”
Ethan's recording " IT'S ALL ABOUT A GROOVE " with Chip Crawford and Greg Bandy was released in March 2010 to positive reviews. Here are some excerpts:
"Ethan Mann is a guitarist who has a lot to say in a voice that is uncompromisingly his own."
Raul d'Gama Rose - All About Jazz
"This group interacts on a deep level due to their time spent together on the bandstand."
Vince Lewis - Guitar International
“Mann presents a delightful mix of original songs and tributes."
Woodrow Wilkins - All About Jazz