Eddie Manion

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"I just returned from a 6 week tour of the UK and Europe with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul playing and leading a 5 piece R&B Horn Section and have never been happier with my Baritone Sax reeds. The Légère Signature Baritone sax 2 1/4 reeds I have been using have been exactly what I have been looking for all my life. I used 6 2 1/4 Signature baritone sax reeds over a 6 week period play close to 3 hour show every night. I would keep my baritone sax on stage on my sax stand in between sound check and the show and never had to worry about my bari legere reed being ready to play. My reeds never had to be wet and are responsive and ready to play 100% of the time 24 hours a day. What a joy to never have to worry about reeds. The Légère signature Baritone sax reeds are the only reeds I will ever need. Unbelievable, I know, but true. Try one." - Eddie Manion

Saxophonist Eddie Manion’s primary recording and touring work over the last ten years has been largely centered around his lifelong relationship with recording artist Bruce Springsteen as a member of his Seeger Sessions band in 2005 recording the historic studio album We Shall Overcome and subsequent live album Live in Dublin and most recently being a part of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours and studio albums on Columbia records. Eddie recently finished a 3 year worldwide tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street from 2012 to 2014, playing 167 shows in 27 countries to over four million fans. Manion first honed his prodigious musical style with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in the late 1970’s and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.in the early eighties In a letter of recommendation dated February 23,1984 Stevie Van Zandt wrote. “Kingfish” as we affectionately called him at the time was and still is one of the best tenor and baritone sax players I have ever worked with and I’ve worked with them all. His baritone sax solo’s on two songs I produced “I Played the Fool” “by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in 1984 on Epic Records and “Forever” by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul on EMI Records, stand as the definative rock and soul performances of the genre Manion’s bold style of classic R&B Rock n Roll ’Texas Tenor’ sound and his extensive expertise in leading and arranging for Horn sections has lead him to a 40 plus year career in Rock n Roll. R&B Jazz and Blues. You could say that is any group came out of New Jersey in the last 40 years that involved horns Eddie Manion probably had something to do with it. Rounding out his Rock N Roll Jersey Shore legend status have been other extensive tours with Willie Deville, Diana Ross, Dave Edmonds and others. Eddie was a member of the Robert Cray Band in 1993 and recorded the grammy nominated Blues album Shame + a Sin on Mercury records Eddie Manion has lived a life of Rock n Roll R&B JAZZ AND BLUES. whenever Bruce Springsteen needed a horn section he has always called Eddie Manion. First in 1977 playing historic shows at the Monouth Arts Center, on
his 1988 Tunnel of Love Tour. right up to his current Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours 2013-2014

Nightlife is Manion’s first solo instrumental release and it features songs that he’s loved over his many years as a masterful player. The album was officially released on November17th, 2015. All tracks were recorded and mastered by Grammy Award winner Hollis Greathouse of Audible Images in Pittsburgh,Pa “City at Night / Soul Serenade” was mixed by Grammy Award winner Toby Scott.

Nightlife includes Manion’s take on Gene Pitney’s gorgeously mournful “Town Without Pity”; R&B classics such as “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” and “A Change is Gonna Come”; Jimmy Forrest’s “Bolo Blues”;  Jazz standards “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” “Tenderly”  and “Stardust”, Springsteen deep cut “City at Night” paired brilliantly with King Curtis’ “Soul Serenade”; Roy Orbison’s “The Only One”; Luiz Bonfá's "Manhã de Carnaval" and the bluesy title cut  "Nightlife" by Willie Nelson make for a sweet, soulful, and romantic mix