Joe Manis is currently faculty member at Portland State University and a former music faculty member at Umpqua Community College and is an active clinician and masterclass presenter.  His article "Rhythmic Analysis: Jeff 'Tain' Watts - 'Housed From Edward'" was published in the March 2012 edition of JAZZed Magazine. 

Courses taught:

  • Aural Skills I and II

  • World Music

  • Rock History

  • Jazz History

  • Jazz Combos

  • Applied saxophone/jazz improvisation

  • Advanced Jazz Improvisation

  • Jazz Improvisation

Public masterclasses and clinics: 

  • University of Oregon

  • Portland State University

  • Whitman College

  • Willamette University

  • University of Texas at Arlington

  • Ferris State University

  • Southern Oregon University

  • Oregon State University

  • Western Oregon University

  • Pacific University

  • Mesa, Glendale, Portland, Spokane Falls, Mt. Hood, and Lane Community Colleges


Joe received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies-Performance with Academic Honor from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon.  Additional studies were at the Eastman School of Music.

Joe is currently accepting saxophone and improvisation students at his studio in Eugene, Oregon, and is available for clinics and masterclasses: please contact him for further information.