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David Hughes was born and raised in Sweden but is now based in Los Angeles, California. After studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockolm, Hughes left for LA in 1994 for a stint at the Bass Institute of Technology, BIT. After receiving the BIT Outstanding Student Award, Hughes soon joined the teaching staff and began to explore life as a studio and live musician. David received his first important break when Wayne Henderson of the legendary Jazz Crusaders asked him to join the band. Other credits include Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, Burt Bacharach and Connie Stevens and Ray Manzarek (the Doors)

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Tom Rizzo: Day and Night

Read "Day and Night" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The names in guitarist Tom Rizzo's starting lineup on Day and Night indicate that this is a West Coast-based group, an observation that is borne out in Rizzo's bio, which says he is “active [on] the Los Angeles music scene" and served as guitarist for the Tonight Show band when Jay Leno was at the helm, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra

Read "Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Budman / Levy OrchestraFrom There to HereOA2 Records2012 If this splendid album, recorded two years ago (2010), is in any way emblematic of what lies ahead, the long-range outlook for big band jazz is indeed bright and auspicious. Saxophonist Alex Budman and trombonist Jeremy Levy have assembled ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Budman/Levy Orchestra: From There To Here

Read "From There To Here" reviewed by Edward Blanco

An appropriately-titled debut from the Budman/Levy Orchestra, From There To Here features 24 of the finest players in the Los Angeles area, plus a four-piece string section, superbly interpreting twelve compositions from composer/arranger/trombonist/co-leader Jeremy Levy co-leader of the group. San Franciscan saxophonist Alex Budman is the other leader of an ensemble formed in 2007 and, like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shawn Costantino: Waltz for Anne

Read "Waltz for Anne" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Finally! A collection of Adult Contemporary jazz that has something to say and knows how to say it. Nothing signals oncoming Muzak more than jazz propelled by electric bass, guitar, and piano. Fortunately, multi-reedist Shawn Costantino slays those dragons of jazz prejudice early in his self-produced Waltz for Anne, with an incendiary cover of The Beatles' ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Benoit: Earthglow

Read "Earthglow" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Having emerged at a time when many smooth jazz artists seemed to be in competition to sound alike, David Benoit has always been able to distinguish himself. The pianist has earned five Grammy nominations, and has successfully moved from orchestral to jazz to pop, sometimes mixing all three with other sounds. Those other sounds ...


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