Born: July 20, 1946 Primary Instrument: Piano
Bob McHugh has been playing jazz clubs,festivals,halls,private parties, and restaurants in the NY metro area for over forty years. Be it solo,duo,trio or big band Bob has done it. His styles include, but are not limited to jazz,rock,blues,and fusion. Bob has recorded three albums for Outstanding Records,and has also recorded on Alliance, Perception and Lunge Music. Some of the people he has recorded with are Ray Mantilla, Rich Austin, Raul Paonessa, Ron Naspo, Earl Sauls, Kevin McCarthy, Vinnie Cutro, Tony Signa, Tommy La Bella, Jackie Jones, MNB, Medoosa, David Humm Trio, and Jon Kline, Johnny Guitar & The Pick Ups, The World Concave and has worked with Joe Morello, Bill Crow, Andrew Cyrille, Lisle Atkinson, Eliot Zigmond, Lou Grassi, Bob DeVos, Cornucopia Big Band and Max Weinberg and many more.
Bob has been a commissioned composer for the NJMTA, The National Federation of Music Clubs, The New York State School Music Association and has piano pieces published by Manduca Music Publications and The Voice of the Rockies and was the house pianist at Peretti's in East Rutherford,N.J from 1985 till 1992 and the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, N.J.from 1993 till 2006. He has been voted favorite artist on SkyJazz.com, Anima Jazz in Italy and has been a guest on Around New York on WNYC, Mozart To Motorhead, Anything Goes with Lise Avery on WFDU, Afternoon Jazz with Dr. Ken Rabac on WUCF,The Modern Jazz Lounge with Warren Knight in England and a showcase artist on allaboutjazz.com and can be heard on internet and PBS stations such as jazz excursion.com, jazzradio.com, Sky FM and Music Choice. His bio is published in Marquis Who's Who in America, and he has received an ASCAP award every year since 1989. In 2007 Bob was featured in ASCAP jazz podcast #4, and been working with The Music Kitchen in Calf. and had one of his compositions used in a Sprint radio spot in Asia. As a teacher he has worked with and inspired young students to pursue a life of music such as jazz saxophonist/composer Dan Blake, singer/songwriter Amanda Holley and the members of the pop band Cash,Cash
Awards:Commisioned composer NJMTA in 1998 and 1999, ASCAP popular award, winner of jazz poll on Sky Jazz,inclued in Marqus Who's Who in Entertainment and Who's Who in America and role model of the year in 2012 from the Roseland Boosters.
Bob McHugh is one of the finest contempary jazz pianists and composers recording today and gives us an exceptional collection of songs in his AMERICAN CLASSICS. It is a CD collection that will find its way to the hearts of the jazz listening aduience quickly. Unique, fresh, inventive, and enjoyable are words that best describe the solo piano of Bob McHugh in this collection. These jazz performances are among the best found anywhere. —Lee Prosser, jazzreview.com
Soaring On Wings Of Ivory and Black, Outstanding Records, 1990
Manhattan Sunrise, Alliance, 1994
Interplay, Lunge Music, 1999
American Classics, Lunge Music, 2001
After Midnight, duo with Ron Naspo, Outstanding Records, 2002
Another Sunrise, Outstanding Records/Lunge Music, 2003
On Track, Lunge Music, 2005
Not Too Long Ago, duo with Ron Naspo, Lunge Music, 2006
Together On A Summer Afternoon,with Ron
Naspo,David Humm,Tony Signa, Lunge Music, 2008
< > Summer Stride, Lunge Music, 2009
Pure Imagination with Ron Naspo, and David Humm,2010 Straight Ahead, 2013
As A Side Musician [piano, keyboards, harmonica]
Smoke Signals, Rich Austin, 1990
Dream Street, Medoosa,Lunge Music, 1999
MNB, Lunge Music, 1999
Coffee and Jazz,Coffee House Music, 2004
One Way, Jon Kline Combine, D-Funked Records, 2004
I Heard The Bells, Johnny Guitar & The Pick Up's, Lunge Music, 2006
You and The Night and The Music, David Humm Trio, Lunge Music, 2006
Ali Baba Nights, Medoosa, Lunge Music, 2007 Harbor, The World Concave, Engineer Records, 2010
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Pompton Lakes, NJ
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Bob McHugh ia a highly qualified/certified music teacher who has worked as a musician for over 40 years. He has taught music in the public school systym in New Jersey for 22 years and as a private teacher as well. Bob is a published composer with Manduca Music Publications [Piano Teachers Press], and Voice of the Rockies and has been a commissioned composer for the New Jersey Music Teachers Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs and NYSSMA. $60 per hour.