Fred Hughes  

The Music of the Great Jazz Pianists

This two hour and fifteen minute show plays tribute to some of the greatest names in the history of jazz piano including:

 

Fats Waller  -  George Shearing  -  Bill Evans  -  George Gershwin  -  Herbie Hancock

  Art Tatum  -  Shirley Horn  -  Chick Corea  -  Horace Silver  -  Erroll Garner 

 Dave Brubeck    -  Keith Jarrett  -  Red Garland  -  Oscar Peterson 

 

The program is titled:                 The Music of the Great Jazz Pianists

 

It has also been presented as:   A Tribute to the Great Jazz Pianists

 

The Fred Hughes Trio features Amy Shook on Bass and Frank Russo on Drums and not only presents the music created and/or composed by these jazz greats, but tells their history, where the songs came from and what records to find them on.  The presentation prompted one concert goer to proclaim:

 

"You guys were fantastic and I really mean that. In addition to great playing, we really enjoyed your commentary. I wish more people did that." 

Sample Press Release (Short):

 

A Tribute to the Great Jazz Pianists

Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover Street, Easton, MD

March 21, 20148pm

 

JazzTimes Magizine has proclaimed pianist Fred Hughes’ work as “talent, technique and taste.”  AllAboutJazz.com said, “Hughes is anything but shy in his approach to the piano. 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. “

 

On Friday, March 21, Fred Hughes, along with bassist Amy Shook and drummer Frank Russo, brings his trio to the Avalon Theatre for a program titled, A Tribute to the Great Jazz Pianists.

 

The show plays tribute to the music created and/or composed by some of the greatest names in the history of jazz piano including Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Oscar Peterson.  When asked about selecting the artists and repertoire for the show in an interview before a sold out performance in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hughes said, "Some of them are no-brainers. If I'm going to put Erroll Garner in as one of the great jazz pianists - and I think he is - you've got to play 'Misty.' It's such a great tune. People love it." 

 

Hughes, who relocated to the Easton area several years ago, has enjoyed a rich and varied career.  He has released numerous albums as a band leader, performed at many of the great jazz festivals including the Montreux, North Sea and Newport Jazz Festivals, and has worked with jazz artists like Arturo Sandoval, Toots Thielemans and Roy Hargrove. He also has a presence in the classical world having performed with symphony orchestras in Chicago and Baltimore, and conducted, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

 

The March 21st program begins at 8pm in the Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland.

Sample Press Release (Long):

 

Pianist Brings Jazz History to the Avalon Theatre

 

Pianist Fred Hughes always knew he was going to be a musician.  His mother would tell of arriving home from working the late shift to find young Fred still awake in his highchair listening and often waving his arms to whatever music his father was playing on the turntable.  When he got a little older, he'd watch his fathers jazz quartet rehearsing and sneak over to the piano or drums to play whenever they took a break.  His grandparents endured hours of Fred playing along to band records on whatever trumpet, trombone or euphonium he found in the attic.  Then, when he finally started lessons on the organ and tuba, he would wake the family by beginning his daily practice at 5:30am followed by hours on the tuba after he returned home from school and back to the organ after dinner.  Becoming a professional musician at age twelve, Fred would spend Saturday evenings on the bandstand playing piano and organ alongside his father on bass.  Sundays would find father and son loading their tubas into the car to go play a concert with the local community band. 

 

Fast forward to 2014 and Fred is still performing music in as many different settings as in the days of his youth.  He has released numerous albums as a band leader, performed at many of the great jazz festivals including the Montreux, North Sea and Newport Jazz Festivals, and has worked with jazz artists like Arturo Sandoval, Toots Thielemans and Roy Hargrove. He has performed with symphony orchestras in Chicago and Baltimore, and conducted, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. 

 

Hughes arranged and orchestrated music for numerous projects including the live recording of Cook, Dixon and Young Volume One for RCA Victor which aired on PBS’ Great Performances.  He took his Trio to Seoul, Korea where they had the honor of being the first American jazz group to record and release a live performance DVD and to top it off, he authored the book The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory for Warner Bros. Publications and now distributed by Alfred Publications.

 

On Friday, March 21, Fred Hughes, along with bassist Amy Shook and drummer Frank Russo, brings his trio to the Avalon Theatre for a program titled, A Tribute to the Great Jazz Pianists.

 

The show plays tribute to the music created and/or composed by some of the greatest names in the history of jazz piano including Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Oscar Peterson.  When asked about selecting the artists and repertoire for the show in an interview before a sold out performance in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hughes said, "Some of them are no-brainers. If I'm going to put Erroll Garner in as one of the great jazz pianists - and I think he is - you've got to play 'Misty.' It's such a great tune. People love it." 

 

The March 21st program begins at 8pm in the Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover Street, Easton, Maryland .

Contact:

 

For more information, program and program notes, photos, backline requirements and stage plot:

 

FredHughesMusic@gmail.com

or

 Tel:  410-703-0755

Video:

 

Full length video of the tunes from the show are available at:

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/fredhughesmusic