was born and raised in Sweden but is now based in Los Angeles, California. After studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Hughes left for LA and a stint at the Bass Institute of Technology, BIT. After receiving the BIT Outstanding Student Award, Hughes soon joined the teaching staff and began to explore life as a studio and live musician.
David received his first important break when Wayne Henderson of the legendary Jazz Crusaders asked him to join the band. Other credits include Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge and Burt Bacharach. He has played on countless sessions for TV shows such as Baywatch and for films such as Old School, in which he also appeared.
A composer since he was old enough to reach the piano keys, the release of Hughes debut CD Swoosh united his greatest passions – composing and performing. With the release of Foreign Shores he achieved a new musical level, with more complex compositions and live, interactive performances. Cruising Along Hughes straddles the pop and jazz genres and focuses on melodic tunes, using improvisation as a flavor rather than as main ingredient. Hopeful Romantic puts the focus on Hughes’ bass guitar with plenty of room for his fretless and fretted basses to soar.
Currently Hughes fills his schedule touring and recording with David Benoit, Christopher Cross and Tim Weisberg and with recording sessions and local performances spanning jazz to rock and classical music. When he has time off, he likes to compose and ride his bike or ski in the SoCal mountains.
David Hughes has performed and/or recorded with
|Mindi Abair||Patti Austin||Burt Bacharach|
|Boyz II Men||David Benoit||Angela Bofill|
|Erik Borelius||Rick Braun||Jean Carne|
|Kristin Chenoweth||Christopher Cross||Jazz Crusaders|
|Brian Culbertson||Melissa Etheridge||Don Felder|
|Russell Ferrante||Robben Ford||Justin Guarini|
|Everette Harp||Stanley Jordan||Chaka Khan|
|Dave Koz||June Kumamoto||Ronnie Laws|
|Kevyn Lettau||Bobby Lyle||Ray Manzarek|
|Eric Marienthal||Keiko Matsui||Brian McKnight|
|Sarah McLachlan||Bob Mintzer||Jane Monheit|
|Wayne Newton||Kiyomi Otaka||David Pack|
|Michael Paulo||Phil Perry||Sadao Watanabe|
|Tim Weisberg||Peter White||Smokey Robinson|
|Lea Salonga||Diane Schuur||Tom Scott|
|Jake Shimabukuru||Connie Stevens|