Welcome to Metropolitan Jazz Artists

Who We Are

A full service jazz booking agency representing the best in established and emerging artists.

Our Mission

To give the talent buyer an excellent customer service experience; all the while protecting the integrity of our artists.

Our Artists

The Fred Hughes 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 three decades of musical experience to the stage. With Fred Hughes on piano, Amy Shook on bass and Frank Russo on drums, 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.  Find out why JazzTimes Magazine described the Trio as . . . Talent, Technique and Taste.

The Steve Abshire Trio

Steve was the guitarist and featured soloist with the Commodores, the U.S. Navy's  premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 years and has appeared in concert twice with the "Great Guitars". Once with Herb  Ellis and Charlie Byrd, (filling in for Barney Kessel), and once with  Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola.  He can be heard on numerous recordings, including six of his own. In 1987, his  first, "Big Brass Bed Blues" received a 4 1/2-star rating from Downbeat Magazine, which called him . . .

"...fluent, assured, directly communicative...definitely one to watch". 

Shook Russo 5tet

The Shook/Russo 5tet has been working together for nearly 13 years in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.  Their focus has always been to compose and perform their own original music within the jazz idiom,  honoring the masters by carrying on the tradition.  The group has developed an incredible and unique sound by merging the diverse backgrounds of each of these fine musicians into one voice.  The result is a whirlwind of grooves, melodies, and diverse textures that are a true delight to hear. 

Unified Jazz Ensemble (UJE)

Why “Unified?”  Something remarkable happens with years of consistent  group performance, which is vital to building the UJE’s unique musical  approach. While in demand as frequent freelance musicians, the UJE  members share a common commitment to performing as an ensemble,  developing repertoire, and evolving their group sound. 

Juanita Williams

Juanita's rapport with live audiences, combined with her God given ability and mesmerizing stage presence have been the driving force behind her  acclaimed singing career. She has been a special quest vocalist at the Detroit/Montreux, Mobile, Miami, and Cape May Jazz Festivals, has performed at the White House for President Bill Clinton, and appeared live on "Nashville Now".

Find out why All About Jazz called her . . . A post-pop diva tour de force that would put Whitney or Mariah to shame.

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