Originating in the jazz clubs of Washington, DC, the Fred Hughes Trio has been performing, recording and presenting clinics and workshops since 1989 and brings over four decades of musical experience to the stage.
A sampling of the groups performing credentials includes the Elkhart, Rehoboth, Cape May, East Coast, Clifford Brown and Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festivals, the 1996 Summer Olympics and tours to the Republic of Korea in 2001 and 2002.
Fred Hughes - Piano
Fred has performed in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Europe. A sampling of the jazz festivals at which he has performed include the Newport, Montreux, Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals. He has conducted symphony orchestras to include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops and Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestras. His book, The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory is available from Alfred Publications.
Amy Shook - Bass
Since moving to the east coast in 2003, Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She is an incredibly versatile musician who enjoys playing jazz standards as well as new music.
Frank Russo - Drums
Frank Russo joyfully paints colorful soundscapes with his highly skilled, passionate, musical drumming. He's an in demand performer, recording artist and educator. An artist/educator for Bosphorus Cymbals, MD Drums and The Vic Firth Education Team, Frank was steeped in the rich musical heritage of the jazz legends at an early age and carriers on the legacy of a musical family.
Recognition and Performance Highlights
2017- Matrix in Top 5 Albums for 2017
Matrix is #1 for 5 Weeks on Top 50 Radio Chart
2016 - I'll Be Home For Christmas Tour 2016
National Gallery of Art, Jazz in the Sculpture Garden
2015 - I'll Be Home For Christmas #5 on Top 50 Radio Chart
I'll Be Home For Christmas Released
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
Love Letters Released
2014 - True Blue Jazz Series
2013 - St. Michaels Jazz Festival
2012 - In The Mist Released
2006 - New Day Dawning Released
2002 - World Cup Performance, Seoul, Korea
2001 - Korea Tour
Appearance on the Mitch Albom Show
No Turning Back Released
2000 - Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
1998 - Live! Released
1996 - Performance at Summer Olympics
Elkhart Jazz Festival
Clinic and Performance, IAJE Conference
Out of the Blue Released
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Talent, Technique and Taste.
The Fred Hughes Trio delivers a stunning formula.
It is the chemistry between the players, the technique, and the joy you can hear in the interaction, pouring out from the notes.
A trio of musicians who are consistently on the same wavelength.
Hughes possesses that ever elusive combination of heart and technique.
He has the technical ability, the deftness of touch, and full control of the instrument in the manner laid down by such keyboard giants as Art Tatum, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson.