Jazz singer David Tughan studied in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Singing Jazz for twenty years now, David has worked worldwide with the best and brightest of today’s Jazz musicians across the globe. David’s voice stays true to the spirit of the Jazz greats, with his own unique timbre and style. Old standards & new songs with a fresh delivery, spanning across various genres.
David Tughan was born and raised in Northern Ireland. He moved to London in 1994 to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His passion for Jazz began at 13 when he encountered the Count Basie Orchestra in Florida. Inspired by the swinging energy and joyful sounds of the big band, David began listening to many instrumentalists such as Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz and Stephane Grappelli and was strongly drawn to singers such as Nat ‘King’ Cole, Chet Baker and Mel Tormé. He began to sing in Jazz clubs in his early twenties, developing his “jazz chops”. At the end of his twenties, he made his first album, “Just In Time”. This album was dubbed “CD of the week by the Guardian“(UK). David continued singing in jazz clubs and festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. Then, it was time for his second album, “Builders’ Brew”, featuring the Jim Mullen Organ trio. His performances brought him to some of the great venues throughout London, the UK and beyond
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“The epitome of cool…One of the most swinging and delightful combinations
“A rising star... a cross between Chet Baker and Mel Torme.”
Crescendo & Jazz Magazine
“With Frank Sinatra’s phrasing and a delivery all his own”
All About Jazz
“The Perfect Jazz vocal album.”
David Tughan doesn't seem to be following in anyone's footsteps. It's rare to
find originality of that kind in a singer at the beginning of their career and it
points to an interesting future.
Dave Gelly - The Observer