Dr Roger Wesley Manins

BMus (Hons.)(First Class) New Zealand School of Music. ADJS (Ass.Dip. Jazz Studies), Sydney Conservatorium of Music.



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 40+ Jazz albums and has released several CDs as leader and in collaboration with others, including the critically acclaimed release Two-out with pianist Mike Nock. In the last ten years he has featured on four albums that have won the NZ 'Jazz Album of the Year' award, including Dog, Panacea, Fearless Music and Resonator. He has been featured artist on many performances with Australia’s Mothership Orchestra, including high profile artists such as Maria Schneider, Florian Ross and Darcy James Argue, and was featured soloist for the 2017 Australian National Jazz Orchestra inaugural performance at the Sydney Con International Jazz Festival. In 2002 he was awarded the International Journalist Association ‘Jazz Hero Award’, and in 2000 he won the Wangaratta Australian National Jazz Awards competition on saxophone. Roger is Artistic Director and a founding member of Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa and a Senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Research | Current

I have recently submitted my Doctor of Musical Arts(DMA) thesis. My research focuses on the development of new theoretical concepts, parameters and methods for the creation of so-called ‘harmonic balance’ in modern jazz ‘line’ (improvisation and composition). I am primarily concerned with the question, “How can (the different) improvisational approaches introduced in the late 1960s by John Coltrane and in the 1980s by saxophonists Steve Coleman, Gary Thomas and Greg Osby be developed in new contemporary saxophone improvisational practice?” It investigates the common denominators (in terms of intervallic content, rhythmic integrity, pattern and phrase structure) in non-traditional, chordal and scalic improvisational theory, and the ways in which they contribute to linear balance. This research has led to the publication of The Thing ( Rattle Records).

Teaching | Current

Current Teaching 2019: MUS 375, Composition and Arranging. MUS 270, 271 Improvisation and Saxophone. MUS 187 A & B, MUS 297 A & B, MUS 397 Large Ensemble Big Band.  MUS 770, MUS 771, Jazz Performance Research. MUS 773, Jazz Composition and Arranging II. MUS 370, Saxophone.  

Postgraduate supervision

Current Supervision 2019

Felix Hayes - Tourelle: MUS 770, Jazz Performance Research 1

Lukas Fritch: MUS 771, Jazz Performance Research 2

Michael Gianan:  MUS 750 Performance Research Project




2002: Recipient  of an Jazz Journalist Association 'Jazz Hero Award'. 

2000: Winner of the Australian Wangaratta National Jazz Awards on Saxophone.


Senior Lecturer: The University of Auckland

Artistic Director and Founding Member: Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa (CJC) 

Areas of expertise

Jazz Saxophone

Composition and Arranging

Advanced Theory for Jazz Saxophone

Programming of Concerts and Events, Auckland City for CJC, and the UOA Jazz Department.


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Creative Jazz Club Steering Committee, Treasurer, Artistic direction.

 School of Music Research Committee.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Manins, R. W. (2019). CIRCLES AND CLOUDS: Advanced Concepts in Jazz Composition and Improvisation – A Modern Theory Applied to Saxophone Playing The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49251
  • Manins, R., & Samsom, R. Shuffle, 28/11/2018. [CD], Rattle Records, Auckland, New Zealand. Commissioning body: University of Auckland Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ron Samsom
  • Manins, R., Field, K., Holland, O., & Samsom, R. No Dogs Allowed, 10/6/2018. [CD], Rattle Records, Auckland, New Zealand. Commissioning body: Rattle Records, Auckland
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Olivier Holland, Ron Samsom
  • Australian National Jazz Orchestra, Theak, D., Manins, R., & Mulder, N. Child's play, 1/12/2017. [CD], , Commissioning body: 54 Records
  • Garzone, G., Field, K., Cole, M., Samsom, R., & Lockett, M. George Garzone [New Zealand tour], 15/8/2017. [Performance], , Creative Jazz Club Auckland, Pyramid Club Wellington, Orange Studios Christchurch, New Zealand. Commissioning body: Creative Jazz Club
  • Watson, N., Samsom, R., Manins, R., & Holland, O. Studies in tubular, 10/2/2017. [CD], .
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ron Samsom, Olivier Holland
  • Barker, S., Nacey, D., Manins, R., & Holland, O. Simon Barker, 8/2/2017. [Performance], Creative Jazz Club, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Olivier Holland
  • Samsom, R., & Neutrino Funk Experience Ace tone: Ron Samsom and the Neutrino Funk Experience, 1/7/2015. [CD], (80 mins), , Commissioning body: Rattle Records
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ron Samsom

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 129
New Zealand

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