Manuel Echazabal is a saxophonist, woodwinds player, and composer living in Miami, FL. Manny is currently involved in many projects in Miami including his own group the "Manny Echazabal Group." He has recently recorded his Debut Album which was released in early 2017. This album featured Tal Cohen on piano, Dion Kerr IV on bass, and David Chiverton on Drums. The record included all original compositions by Manny and has received overwhelming reviews from many publications around the world including Jazz Weekly, Jazz Trail, and All About Jazz.
Manny has completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of Miami majoring in Studio Music and Jazz Performance. While he was in school, Manny played in various school ensembles including the Frost Concert Jazz Band under the direction of John Daversa. In his time at the University Miami, he has shared the stage with such artists as Danilo Perez, Vince Mendoza, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Terrance Blanchard, Monica Mancini, and Arturo Sandoval to name a few.
In his career, Manny has also performed in several jazz and music festivals including the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, Festival Miami, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey California, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival, and Jazz on the Green in Trinidad and Tobago.
Manuel has also been recognized for his work as a bandleader. His submissions of two of his compositions “Unknown Identity” and “Spt” has won him a Downbeat award for Outstanding Small Group Performance.
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"Manuel Echazabal is a wonderfully talented saxophonist, who plays 100% from the heart. I always enjoy the chance to play with Manny, as his passionate and emotional approach to playing is rare and infectious." -Martin Bejerano
"Manuel Echazabal is a fine Jazz saxophonist who plays with passion and fire, is true to his artform and respectful of the traditions of the music" -Brian Buchanan
"Manny's playing is full of passion, excitement, and a keen sense of adventure." -John Hart
"Manny is a talent beyond words, magical and explosive." - Chino Nunez