Manduca Sexta, a jazz sextet featuring trumpet, tenor and trombone, performs mostly post-bop tinged originals as well as fresh arrangements of the Great American Songbook. This instrumentation produces both powerful and robust sounds yet still permits the exploration of intimate and impressionistic flavors.
Manduca Sexta has appeared at the Arlington Jazz Festival and is frequently performing at Ryles, the Beehive and the Beat Brasserie and has featured Greg Hopkins, Rick DiMuzio, Phil Grenadier, Jeff Galindo, Jerry Sabatini, Dan Fox, Doug Johnson, Mike Connors, Plamen Karadonev, Bob Tamagni, Bill Fanning, Mark Shilansky, John Funkhouser, Randy Pingrey, Clay DeWalt and Aubrey Johnson.
Manuel Kaufmann's music has been performed by Greg Hopkins, Herb Pomeroy, Billy Cobham, Bobby Watson, Jerry Bergonzi, Adam Nussbaum, Claudio Roditi, Chuck Marohnic, Bob Gullotti, Franco Ambrosetti, Mike Richmond, Tommy Campbell, Christian Jacob, Jeff Galindo, Sam Pilafian, Tim Ray, Bijon Watson, Phil Grenadier as well as jazz ensembles from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eastman Jazz Ensembles and the Berklee Jazz Orchestra.
He has sold over two hundred of his self-published charts for large and medium-sized jazz ensembles. His compositions and arrangements have appeared in concerts in the US, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Israel, China, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Germany and Finland. Manuel is currently a professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music.