The Fred Hughes Trio Electronic Press Kit

Discography - Click on the CD Cover to go to the recording

Recognition and Performance Highlights


  • Jazz Alive Friday Night Jazz Club Series - Easton, MD


  • True Blue Jazz Series - Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • Fred Hughes Trio first concerts with new members Paul Langosch and Keith Killgo


  • I'll Be Home For Christmas #11 on Top 50 Holiday Album Chart
  • Cliff Bell's - Detroit, MI
  • True Blue Jazz Series - Rehoboth Beach, DE


  • I'll Be Home For Christmas #9 on Top 50 Holiday Album Chart
  • Jazz In The Box - Memphis, TN
  • True Blue Jazz Series - Rehoboth Beach, DE


  • Matrix in Top 5 Albums for 2017
  • Matrix is #1 for 5 Weeks on Top 50 Radio Chart


  • I'll Be Home For Christmas Tour 2016
  • Matrix Released 
  • National Gallery of Art, Jazz in the Sculpture Garden


  • I'll Be Home For Christmas #5 on Top 50 Radio Chart
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas Released
  • Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival - Rockville, MD
  • Love Letters Released


  • True Blue Jazz Series - Rehoboth Beach, DE


  • St. Michaels Jazz Festival - St. Michaels, MD
  • Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Tour


  • In The Mist Released


  • New Day Dawning Released


  • World Cup Performance, Seoul, Korea


  • Korea Tour
  • Appearance on the Mitch Albom Show
  • No Turning Back Released


  • Clifford Brown Jazz Festival - Wilmington, DE


  • Live! Released


  • Performance at Summer Olympics - Atlanta, GA
  • Elkhart Jazz Festival - Elkhart, IN
  • Clinic and Performance, IAJE Conference
  • Out of the Blue Released


Talent, Technique and Taste.

     - JazzTimes Magazine


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.



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.




Most fascinating of course, throughout the music of Matrix, by the Fred Hughes Trio, is that despite the language being ‘spoken in the tradition’, it is different, with its driving, often volcanic energy, continual exploration and adventure, rapt moments of mystery and ingenious orchestration bristling with percussive harmony from both Amy Shook on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

     - Raul da Gama review of Matrix


Filled with swinging solidarity, and the reimagined works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, George Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Fred Hughes trio delivers a stunning formula that will leave you humming the tunes long after the disc is done playing. Solid chemistry between the players, engages the listener to a deeper experience. Not just the standard fare, but a matrix of solid performances and fluidity of ideas.

     - Grady Harp, review of Matrix


"Hughes piano style has a clear rhythmic articulation and hard bop influence with a bright swinging feeling. He solos with a strong vocabulary of bebop and soulful blues melodies and always makes an impactful statement." review of I'll Be Home For Christmas

About The Trio . . .


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. With Fred Hughes on piano, the group has included bassists Tom Williams, Steve Zerlin, Max Murray, Jeff Lopez, Keith Mohler and Amy Shook.  Drummers have included Keith Killgo, Keith MacMichael, Jay Williams, Eric Valentine and Frank Russo.

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.

The Trio has performed with such artists as Claudio Roditi, Jon Fedchock, Warren Vache and Larry Coryell and the groups recordings include Out Of The Blue (1996), Live! (1998), No Turning Back (2001), New Day Dawning (2006), In The Mist (2012), Love Letters (2015), I'll Be Home For Christmas (2015), Matrix (2016) as well as the DVD, In Concert (2002), released in the Republic of Korea.

The current trio includes Paul Langosch on bass and Keith Killgo on drums.


The Fred Hughes Trio Bio


Click on the photo to learn more about the members of the Fred Hughes Trio

More videos of the Trio through the years are available on

 Fred's YouTube Channel.



This audio is of the concert shown above and was recorded on April 3, 2021 in Oxford, Maryland.