Glen Manby is an alto saxophonist, composer, and teacher, working primarily in straight ahead modern acoustic jazz.
His main influences are Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, and Phil Woods, as well as Tom Harrell, Stanley Turrentine, Mario Rivera, and Andrew Speight.
He currently leads a number of small groups: the Glen Manby Quintet, Quartet and Trio.
Bookings have included the European Summit, the Queen's banquet for the Opening of the Senedd Welsh Parliament, the Opening of the Wales Millennium Centre, and club dates around Britain, as well as gigs in New York, Germany, and Switzerland.
In 2009, he was awarded an Arts Council of Wales Research and Development grant to study in Switzerland with George Robert (lead alto in the Phil Woods Big Band, and Director of the Jazz Department at the Lausanne Conservatoire).
In 2015 he was awarded an Arts Council of Wales Project Grant to compose, arrange and record a new repertoire with his recently-formed quintet, featuring Steve Waterman, Leon Greening, Adam King, and Matt Home. The resulting CD, "Homecoming", is available on the Mainstem jazz label.
Glen has previously taught saxophone at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and was a part-time lecturer in music at the University of South Wales for 12 years. He is currently a visiting jazz saxophone tutor at Cardiff University School of Music.
In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at The New School in New York's Greenwich Village.
He gained an M.A. in Jazz at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
His teachers have included Grant Stewart, Dick Oatts, Chico Freeman, George Garzone, Mike Karn, George Robert, Jamie Talbot, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Geoff Simkins, and Osian Roberts.