|Brian Hughes (USA) - guitar |
Brian Hughes has carved out an impressive career in the contemporary jazz arena. His first two albums, Between Dusk and Dreaming and Under One Sky, firmly established him as one of the foremost guitarists and composers in the genre, perfectly blending his fluid and emotive guitar style into an exciting, melodic mix of Latin, Jazz and World Music compositions. After being picked as a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine's "Guitars On Fire" competition his subsequent recordings Straight To You, One 2 One, Shakin’ not Stirred, Along the Way and "LIVE" have received critical acclaim and major radio air play from coast to coast. With his new concert DVD release "No Reservations", Brian's sizzling fret work and infectious compositions are front & center. Brian has received the SOCAN/BMI "Jazz & Instrumental Composer of the Year" Award seven times from 1997 to 2008 and the title track from "Shakin' Not Stirred" was featured on an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City". Brian is well known for his twenty year parallel career performing and recording with world renowned vocalist Loreena McKennitt. His skills as a musician (guitars, oud, bouzouki) and his production talents are evident on her Grammy nominated recording "An Ancient Muse", the concert DVD "Nights From The Alhambra", filmed in Granada, Spain and her past seven multi-platinum recordings.