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, 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) and Matrix (2016) as well as the DVD, In Concert (2002), released in the Republic of Korea.
I'll Be Home For Christmas, the Fred Hughes Trio's seventh release, received 5 Stars from Amazon.com and 3½ stars from the most widely recognized jazz magazine, Downbeat. The recording garnered considerable radio airplay and finished out 2015 in the number 5 slot on the CMJ Jazz Radio Chart.
The Trio's eighth recording, Matrix, received critical acclaim including this from Amazon.com: “The Fred Hughes trio delivers a stunning formula that will leave you humming the tunes long after the disc is done playing.” The recording spent 5 weeks in the #1 spot on the Top 50 Jazz Album Chart at Roots Music Report.
"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