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MUSIC

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Messin' with the Classix

This solo piano CD contains 12 unique New Age versions of some of the world's most famous classical compositions. Below is one of the tracks from the CD.

The Birthday CD

The Birthday CD contains 50 different instrumental versions of the famous birthday song "Happy Birthday to You," arranged and performed by Mike Hughes.

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Sweet Jazzical Music

If you like jazz and classical music you will appreciate this unique combination of musical genres. Each track will lead you on a musical journey that the original composers could never have dreamed of. It was an intriguing adventure to alter these classical music masterpieces and use my jazz experience and sensibilities to take them to exotic and exciting places.

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Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1.

This is a unique piano arrangement of the opening theme to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1. My solo piano adaptation is not a bombastic arrangement with clangorous sounds and flashy ostentatious arpeggios. It is a sensitive, artistic interpretation with a wide dynamic range. I hope you like it.

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Old Town Road - Reggae Instrumental

This is a reggae instrumental version of:Lil Nas X's"Old Town Road."Thisl version of "Old Town Road" features piano, steel drums, vibes, flute, organ, strings, drums, and percussion. It appears to be simple but is remarkably complex.

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Happy Time

Mike Hughes wrote and arranged for the Buddy Rich Big Band. One of Mike's compositions was placed on the Buddy Rich album entitled "Keep the Customer Satisfied."

The name of of the piece was "Happy Time." Click on the button to listen.

Church Music

Mike Hughes has been the music director at Light on the Corner Church in Montrose, CA since 2005. Below is a selection of live recordings made at various Sunday services. Click on the buttons to listen.

Mike and Cindy

Mike and Cindy Speer co-produced a CD a few years ago. Mike did the arrangements and Cindy did the singing. Click on the buttons to listen.

Alice & Michael

Mike and his wife Alice Hughes had a group in the 70s called the "Boston Connection." The band had different sizes depending on the gig. Click on the buttons to listen.

Voice & piano - original song

Voice & piano trio - Elton John song

Voice & 7 piece band - show opener, live

Voice & 10 piece band - original song

Synth Playing & Sequencing

Mike Hughes is adept at playing synthesizers and programing music on the computer. The following are 3 examples of his work. Click on the buttons to listen.

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In My Solitude

This solo piano CD contains 14 original compositions composed and performed by Mike Hughes. Each piece is a unique eclectic mix of pop, classical and jazz. Below is one of the tracks from the CD..

The Birthday CD for Piano

The Birthday CD for Piano contains 30 different piano arrangements of the song “Happy Birthday To You” that were inspired by the instrumental tracks on the original The Birthday Music CD.

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Sonata Modernata

A piano sonata in 3 movements. Each movement was influenced by the melodies, rhythms and harmonies of Bartok, Stravinsky and other twentieth century composers. I wrote this piano sonata during my last year of study at Berkleee College of Music in Boston, where I received my Bachelor of Composition degree in 1967.

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The Tennessee Waltz, Plus One

This instrumental arrangement of The Tennessee Waltz is played in 4/4 time with a funky beat. It contains some original rap lyrics over a separate vamp that explains how cool this version is.

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The Entertainer Country Shuffle

This instrumental arrangement of The Tennessee Waltz is played in 4/4 time with a funky beat. It contains some original rap lyrics over a separate vamp that explains how cool this version is.

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Thank God for the Music

Kiana Karn is the daughter of Jon Karn, the pastor of Light on the Corner Church in Montrose, CA. She has been singing in church since she was a toddler. Michael Hughes is the musical director at that church and has known Kiana all her life. Michael is an experienced composer and arranger and one day decided to ask Kiana to sing a song he had written about giving thanks to God for the world of music. She readily consented and the result is this heartfelt and inspirational track called “Thank God for the Music.”

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Jazz Trio Music

Mike Hughes plays with his trio on Thursday nights at Colombo's Restaurant in Eagle Rock, CA. Below is a selection of live recordings made on various nights. Click on the buttons to listen.

Leslie & Michael

Leslie Lewis and Mike worked many gigs together through the years. Below are 4 tracks from a  recording session they did together, featuring Steve Carr on sax and flute. Click on the buttons to listen.

Mike and Sheila

Mike plays with Sheila Ellis & and her husband Greg in the "Windy City Blues Band. Below are 3 tracks from their CD.  Click on the buttons to listen.

Mike Plays Solo Piano

Mike has played solo piano in hotels, country clubs, night clubs, and at special events throughout his career. Below are 2 examples of Mike playing popular songs. Click on the buttons to listen.

Mike can take it outside. Below is an avant garde rendition of "Misty"

Mike attempts classical music as well. Below is his interpretation of a Tchaikowsky piece..

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