Roger Manins

Projects & Recordings

Roger is involved in a large number of creative live and recorded music projects across NZ and Australia, including: GRG67  • Nock & Manins "2 Out"  • DOG  • Hip Flask  • Flounder • The Bush Trio  • Phil Broadhurst Quintet  • La Luna & The Gadjos  • Carolina Moon  • Neutrino, and more.  

He has released six albums under his own name or as collaborations, and has featured on approximately 30 releases since year 2000.

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My latest 2018 release GRG67  'THE THING' is now available through RATTLE Records !! 

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Roger Manins

Roger Manins lives in Auckland New Zealand and is regarded by many as one of the leading Jazz saxophonists in the Southern Hemisphere. He has appeared as featured soloist on approximately 30 Jazz albums as a features soloist and has released 4 albums under his own name and 2 more in collaboration. His playing is rooted in the jazz tradition and described as ‘that rarest of musician that manages to effortlessly marry tradition and individuality, swinging hard-bop with feisty modernism, with a sound that can once charm and excite’.


 Roger’s recording and performances reflect a deep understanding and love of all Jazz styles including Blues, Traditional, Swing , Bossa Nova, Straight ahead ‘standards’, Hard Bop, Modern Jazz, Latin Jazz and Free Jazz. He is musically open and loves to explore and create new music.

Awards and Accolades

In 2002 Roger won the Wangaratta Australian Jazz awards on Saxophone, and in 2012 was awarded a IJJA ‘Jazz Hero’ award for services to the community.

Teaching and other activities

Roger is a Senior Lecturer at The University Of Auckland and teaches in the Jazz department.

He is also active in the music community, as co-founder and Artistic Director of CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa, and helps coordinate the Auckland Jazz festival.


News & Gigs

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