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Jack Manning

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About Jack

Guitarist
Huddersfield
A passionate, versatile musician bringing to light a classics from Ella Fitzgerald to Guns and Roses. Guaranteed to get the crowd dancing!

I have been performing as a solo artist for over ten years in the U.K, U.S and South East Asia. My passion for jazz, blues, soul rock and popular come through in my live performances, making them uniquely entertaining experiences for a range audiences and music lovers. My background was in teaching classical guitar and music theory which took me to Shanghai, China where I quickly became established in the thriving local Jazz scene there, performing regularly with a blues group consisting of two of Tina Turner's backup singers. While there I also performed twice at the Shanghai International Jazz Festival, supporting the jazz-fusion group Incognito. Upon moving back to Yorkshire I quickly cut my teeth playing regular gigs at pubs and working mens clubs, where I quickly picked up the classic repertoire of classic rock and pop numbers to win over any crowd! I graduated with a 1st class degree from the University of Huddersfield during this time, and recorded an E.P of original material. Playing in various rock, blues and jazz bands locally took me as far as the states, where I performed in Boston's famous Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues with the band Bravado Cartel. I was also able to play several solo shows whilst out in the states, having toured the north-east of the country three times now. I have played across the country since in a host of impressive hotel and wedding venues, award-winning restaurants, stylish bars and private events where clients have chosen me for my versatility and ability to do justice to a range of various styles of music from jazz, blues, soul, funk and swing to acoustic pop, R'n'b, Rock'n'Roll and classic rock. Every opportunity to perform is a special one, and I do my absolute best to ensure each performance is a memorable one for my audiences.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Acoustic, Funk, R&B, Americana, Soul, Covers, Pop, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Swing, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1960s era music, 1990s era music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Theory teaching, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist, Perfect pitch
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Song list

Kiss (Prince)
Maggie May (Rod Stewart)
Dakota (Stereophonics)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis)
Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses)
Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
Don't Know Why (Norah Jones)
Use Somebody (Kings of Leon)
I Can't Help Falling in Love With You (Elvis)
Do Right Woman (Ella Fitzgerald)
Can't Get Enough of Your Love (Bad Company)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something)
Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)
Get Back (The Beatles)
It's All Over Now (The Rolling Stones)
Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
I'm A Believer (The Monkees)
Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
You and I (Lady Gaga)
Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
I Wanna Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Is This Love? (Bob Marley)
How Sweet It Is (Marvin Gaye)
This Charming Man (The Smiths)
Whole Again (Atomic Kitten)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
All of Me (John Legend)
I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
No Diggity (Blackstreet)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Simply The Best (Tina Turner)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)
Proud Mary (Tina Turner)
What's Love Got to Do With It? (Tina Turner)
There is A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (Arctic Monkeys)
Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
September (Earth, Wind and Fire)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know within 2-3 days of the event.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for an additional £75.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instruments to play acoustically or otherwise.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there are two or three special song you'd like me to learn I'm more than happy to do this for you.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I always make an effort to get to know my clients before the event and strike up a personal rapport with them to ensure my services best fit their needs. I am a very versatile musician and can perform something to excite guests both old and young - and I can range from heartfelt romantic ballads for first dances to lively numbers that get everyone dancing!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at the Shanghai Jazz Festival two years running, O2 Academy in Manchester, Foxwoods Casino in Conneticut, The Hard Rock Cafe Boston, The Bitter End in New York City and Sherburn in Elmet Airspace to name a few! I've also played in countless hotels, wedding venues, bars, clubs and restaurants nationally over the last ten years.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I have always been a big fan of American rhythm and blues music, so artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding are huge influences to my style. I also cite Jeff Buckley, Prince, Lady Gaga, Elvis, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Nina Simone as massively influential to my music.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I opened up for Sugar Hill Gang and members of Grandmaster Flash at Tokyo's Nightclub to a sold out crowd of 300 people. I have also performed to several sold out crowds (600+) at Holmfirth Picturedrome, even singing the song "Halleluhjah" a-capella to a silent room!

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£325
Up to 3 hours£400

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Tom W, 9 months ago

We had Jack play his talent to our new year's eve customers. He was on time, set up exactly where we wanted him, and did 3 sets. His voice accompanies with his talent of playing guitar was second to non, he had our guests singing along in no time, by far the best acoustic male solo singer I had had play at our venue. He even took requests from my guests! We are now looking at booking him again for later in the year and have dibs on him joining us again for NYE!

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Melanie D, 1 year ago

Would highly recommend!! Great voice and lovely bloke!! Got my guests dancing!!

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