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David Hughes

Born: December 27, 1971    Primary Instrument: Bass

David Hughes

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). He has played on countless sessions for TV and radio and for films such as Firehouse Dog and Old School, in which he also appeared....
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”David Hughes is an exciting young bass player that is capable of playing any musical style from funky jazz to symphonic classical. And, in addition to being a perfect sideman, he is also an accomplished leader and soloist. It is a pleasure to have him as a member of my band.”

- David Benoit (quote from Smoothviews.com)

”...jazz fusion has seldom ever been more expressive, more engaging and personable...David Hughes' album is one to be excited about.”

-CD baby

”...the Crusaders' standard “Always There” was the set's standout, with six-string electric bassist David Hughes bringing guitar sensibilities into the chords as he went beyond providing mere foundation.”

-Philadelphia Inquirer

”...Hughes delivers funk-laden grooves, guitar-like chordal voicings, and many horn-influenced solos. Although Hughes' virtuostic ability as a bass player is completely apparent throughout this recording, it never obscures the emotionally evocative experience he is attempting to convey to the listener.”

”Hughes proves that he is a premier bassist who definitely deserves wider acknowledgment.”

-International Institute of Bassists

as leader: 2007 Foreign Shores 2003 Swoosh

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