David Hughes (bass player)

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David Hughes (born 1971 in Säffle, Sweden) is a Jazz fusion/Smooth jazz electric and acoustic bass player and composer of Swedish/Scottish origin. He is based in Los Angeles, California, since 1994.

David Hughes is an acclaimed sideman and session musician. He has played with the likes of Jazz Crusaders, David Benoit, Keiko Matsui, Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, Burt Bacharach and Connie Stevens and Ray Manzarek (the Doors). He also played on countless sessions for TV and radio and for films such as Firehouse Dog and Old School (film), in which he also appeared.

Early years[edit]

Hughes began playing piano at age six, switched to violin at age eight and picked up the bass guitar at age 11. In high school he started playing the double bass as well.


After studies at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Hughes left for Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute. Shortly after graduating 1995 he joined the teaching staff for a few years. He studied privately with Gary Willis, Jeff Berlin, Carol Kaye and Todd Johnson.

Solo Projects[edit]

David Hughes has released two albums largely featuring his own compositions. He has been described[by whom?] as an accomplished bass soloist, often using six-string fretted and fretless bass guitars. The two extra strings provide an expanded range suitable for playing melodies, solos and chords, tasks somewhat unusual for a bassist.


His debut album Swoosh (2003) included guest appearances of David Benoit, Wilton Felder, Greg Mathieson and Allen Hinds and the musical style ranges from funky jazz to symphonic classical.

Foreign Shores[edit]

On the CD Foreign Shores (2007) Hughes has with more complex compositions and live, interactive performances. The album offers a fusion of modern jazz and funk, with enthusiastic exploration by the album's performers - i.a. Eric Marienthal, Gregg Karukas, Katisse Buckingham, Andy Suzuki, Jamey Tate, and on vocals, Justin Guarini.

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