Kevin McHugh Kevin McHugh

Pianist and composer Kevin McHugh likes all kinds of music. He has performed in a variety of groups and with notable jazz musicians including the drummer Billy Hart, saxophonist Gary Bartz, Marcus Belgrave, Jovino Santos-Neto (flutist and pianist for Hermeto Pascoal), Robin Eubanks, Peter Evans, Salah Ragab (Egyptian drummer for Sun Ra), Andy Hunter, Ze de Riba, and Coco, the Chinese jazz diva. But he also enjoys working on solo electronic music, blues, ballet accompaniment, salsa, musical improv, whiny emo stuff, and even experimental metal.

Kevin has lived around the world in cities including Seattle, New York, Shanghai, Berlin, São Paulo, and Cairo, performing as a leader or sideman in venues including Benaroya Hall, The Bop Stop, a few venues in New York, and a three month engagement at The House of Blues and Jazz in Shanghai. He has also performed in Denmark at the Viking Jazz Festival, and in Egypt at the Cairo Opera House, the Cairo Jazz Club and Sawy Culture Center, and toured in over 30 cities in the United States. He is a phi beta kappa graduate from Oberlin.

Recently he won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a substantial grant that will allow him to travel the world and explore the sounds and music of four megacities: São Paulo, Cairo, Mumbai, and Tokyo. He is currently in Mumbai and thinks writing in the third person sounds fancier.


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


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