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James Hughes

James is a Detroit-based saxophonist, composer and educator. He has been performing professionally for since 1997. He has been on jazz faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since 2007. James has recorded with the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Keith Vreeland, Bobby Streng's House Big Band, Melvin Davis, The Paul Keller Orchestra, Ed Nuccilli & Plural Circle, Alyssa Chirco, and Carl Cafagna's North Star Sextet. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Jimmy Heath, Lew Tebakin, Richie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling, Jerry Bergonzi, Aretha Franklin, and Josh Groban. He has two recordings of his own, co-lead with Jimmy Smith, titled FROM HERE ON OUT and EVER UP & ONWARD.


Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet: The Gates

Read "The Gates" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

More water from the seemingly inexhaustible Detroit hard bop well. Saxophonist James Hughes and trumpeter Jimmy Smith are known for their own Hughes Smith Quintet, as heard on Motion (Self Produced, 2018) and Ever Up & Onward (Self Produced, 2016)--two red-hot recordings in that tradition. Here they are joined by co-leader John Yao on trombone, and ...


The Hughes Smith Quintet: Motion

Read "Motion" reviewed by Geannine Reid

The Hughes Smith Quintet is an amalgamation of saxophonist James Hughes and trumpeter Jimmy Smith, not only in namesake, but also in compositional approach. Their latest album Motion, the third in a catalog featuring original compositions, focuses on the straight-ahead sound of the seventies, popular in the Detroit scene, blended with hard-hitting energy, deep grooves, vibrant ...


James Hughes & Jimmy Smith Quintet: Ever Up & Onward

Read "Ever Up & Onward" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Detroit was once a vital jazz center, contributing some of the major hard bop artists of the 1960s: Hank, Thad, and Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, and Ron Carter, just to name a few. The James Hughes & Jimmy Smith Quintet honors that tradition by playing mostly original hard bop with ...

Ever Up & Onward

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2015

From Here On Out

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2013


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