Dave Manington completed a Bmus degree at Nottingham University focusing on composition, then went on to study jazz at the Guildhall School of music the following year. Since leaving he has played with most of the top jazz musicians in the country; luminaries such as Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, , Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Michael Garrick, Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Pete Wareham, Gwilym Simcock, Pete King, Martin Speake, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, Salena Jones, Roberto Pla, Tina May, Natacha Atlas, Martin Shaw and John Etheridge amongst many others. He's also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans both as a performer and as a compositional collaborator.
The musicians he is most passionate about playing with are his contemporaries, many of whom he has worked with since moving to London to study at the Guildhall. Many collaborations and projects have been spawned from these connections and it was with the most like minded of these people that he founded the Loop Collective seven years ago in order to pool creative resources and promote their music more effectively. He has composed for and led his own septet, trios, and quartet, whilst also contributing music to many other people’s projects. His debut quartet album "Headrush" was released on Loop Records in 2008 to critical acclaim. He is also a founder member of the much respected e17 jazz collective and is currently writing new music for the e17 Large Ensemble