Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre
Najee – 2019




Debuted #29 on Billboard 2020 – “Twinkle”

Billboard Smooth Jazz Song of the Year 2019 – “Top Down”

#1 Song on Billboard, The Smooth Jazz Network and Mediabase chards – “Top Down”

Smooth Jazz  Network Song of the Year 2014 – “Dance with You”

Nearly a decade touring as keyboardist and musical director for Grammy Award-nominee Jonathan Butler

Producer, Composer, and Co-writer for multiple chart-topping artists including Jeff Ryan, Will Donato, Phil Denny, and Grammy award winners Najee and Deniece Williams.

Nominated for two Grammy Awards:

Herb Alpert – “Human Nature” Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – 2016

Keb Mo – “The Reflection” Best Blues Album 2011

Live performances with an array of world-class  artists including Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Jeffrey Osborne, Dave Koz, Chante’ Moore, Richard Elliot, Will Downing, Mindi Abair, and Gerald Albright

2007 Emmy Nomination for “Guy Love” arranged and performed for the TV show “Scrubs”

Three-time Platinum Producer for Universal Music Switzerland

Movie composer credits for films “Dead Lenny” and “Restraining Order”

Greg Manning is a Berklee College of Music alum and an amalgam of cultures. He was born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland. Greg moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has had an incredible career. He is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

Greg is the former keyboardist and music director for GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Jonathan Butler…  and keyboardist for Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight, Chante Moore, and Kirk Whalum, just to mention a few. After touring extensively for ten years throughout the U.S., Europe, South Africa, and the U.K., Greg made a conscious decision to come off the road. Not too long thereafter, he started composing music for film and television. 

As an artist, his own music is the union of jazz, soul, and funk… and

 has been described as “Soul-Jazz at its best”…  which can be heard on his  album “Sugar and Spice,” which was released on Kalimba Records. The title track went on to spend 20 weeks on the charts rising to  #5 on Billboard. Most recently his chart topping single “Top Down” was celebrated as Billboard’s 2019 Smooth Jazz Song of the Year. 

Greg is off to an incredible start in 2020, as his latest single, “Twinkle” a cover of Earl Klugh’s 1981 classic, debuted at #29 on the Billboard charts. 

notable venues

Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival – Spain

The Hollywood Bowl

Played keys for Adam Hawley and Peter White

Spaghettini – Seal Beach, Ca

The Aretha Franklin Amphitheater – Detroit, Mi

Featured artist – Najee

Festival of Arts – Laguna, Ca

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula, Ca

Catalina Jazz Festival


Falcone Sounds – Zurich, Switzerland

Oxnard Jazz Festival

Yoshi’s – Oakland, Ca

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

The Big Bib Too

The Perfect Note