Jim Hughart

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Jim Hughart
Born (1936-07-28) July 28, 1936 (age 86)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

James David Hughart (born July 28, 1936) is a jazz and pop bass player.


Hughart was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, and is the son of Frederick (Fritz) Hughart, bassist with Minneapolis Symphony and San Diego Symphony, and Annette Hughart (née Bastien). Hughart began working as a musician in 1953.[1]

In 1957 he received a BA (Music Composition & Theory, Bass) from the University of Minnesota.[2] Following graduation, Hughart was drafted and for two years, traveled throughout Europe performing with the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra.[3] After his discharge from the Army, he joined Ella Fitzgerald's touring band following a recommendation from Ray Brown. During his three years with Ella Fitzgerald, Hughart started his extensive recording career.[4]

In 1964 he moved to Los Angeles and became a very active session musician.[5] He studied electric bass under prolific session musician Carol Kaye. On her website, she declares Hughart to be a "great talent and jazz legend".[6]

Hughart performed as a regular sideman for guitarist Joe Pass and singer Tom Waits.

He has participated in over 200 record albums, 300 motion picture scores, and many television shows.[7] Hughart has recorded with many artists including Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Diana Ross, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Barry Manilow, Tom Waits, Frank Rosolino, Paul Smith, Barney Kessel, Milt Jackson and Natalie Cole.

He works locally and resides in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Selected discography[edit]

With David Axelrod

With Natalie Cole

With Warne Marsh

With Joe Pass

With Tom Waits

With others


  1. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians – Hughart, Jim (James David)". jazz.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "About". jimhughart.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "7th Army Symphony: Members". 7aso.org. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Johnson, J. Wilfred (2001). Ella Fitzgerald: An Annotated Discography. McFarland. pp. 92–94. ISBN 978-0-7864-4690-2.
  5. ^ Feinberg, Jake (July 27, 2011). "JFS #29 The Jim Hughart Interview..." talkbass. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Kaye, Carol. "Frequently Asked Questions". Carolkaye.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Jim Hughart". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2015.

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