BIO

MIKE HUGHES MUSIC SERVICES 

 

            Mike Hughes is an experienced and versatile musician capable of performing in a variety of musical situations. Mike received his Bachelor of Composition Degree from Berklee College of Music and taught there several years as well. He was musical director for “Hair” in Boston and has backed up many artists including Thelma Houston and Kenny Rankin.

            As a writer, Mike has composed a rock opera (Rock Carmen) that was performed at the Roundhouse Theater in London, England, written and arranged music for the Buddy Rich Band, and written and performed music for the television shows “The Untouchables”, “Wings”, “Cheers” and  “Dear John.”

            Mike is extremely proficient at electronic music. He is adept at computer sequencing and programming synthesizers. He has booked and led his own bands from four to twenty pieces and is quite comfortable conducting and leading bands of all kinds..

            Mike’s favorite thing to do is to play the keyboards. He is equally at home on acoustic piano or synthesizer. He can play many different styles of music (pop, jazz, blues, country, classical, etc.)- honestly and with authority. Mike can also play excellent key bass on gigs when needed (oops - sorry bass players)

            Currently, Michael is living in Los Angeles working studios, clubs and casuals.       

 

 

MIKE HUGHES TRIO

 

The Mike Hughes Jazz Trio consists of Mike Hughes on piano, Ravi Knypstra on bass, and Lee Spath on drums. The trio can be downsized to a duo (piano and bass), or expanded to a quartet by adding a saxophone. Because of their years of experience, these musicians faithfully play all the jazz styles from the 40’s to the present. These styles include the standards of Ellington and Gershwin, the bebop tunes of Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck, and Bill Evans, the soulful hits of Ramsey Lewis and Les McCann, and the jazz fusion songs of Chick Corea, Joe Sample, and Herbie Hancock. The trio also plays hip instrumental interpretations of pop songs from the 60’s to the present. The trio is currently playing at Colombo's Restaurant in Eagle Rock, CA every Thursday night from 7 pm until 10 pm.  

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