Posts Tagged ‘James Hughes’

A Week in Motown

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to travel to Morganton, North Carolina to play with THE CONTOURS. Lots of fun! My friends Takashi Iio, Phil Whitfield and Jimmy Smith were all on the gig as well. Great band! It was my first time getting to play with the group.


Saturday and Sunday nights were spent playing with the Temptations! Night #1 was in Elkhart, Indiana. Post gig, we drove through a crazy snow storm all the way up to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Seven and a half hours…. it was brutal. Luckily I had my friend James Hughes sharing a ride with me on the trip. Green Bay was really cold, but people came out in droves to sell out the theater. Always a pleasure to play with such a historic organization – whatever the circumstances might be.

House BB Release Concert was a Success!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The House Band officially released its debut album this week to a large and enthusiastic crowd at the St. Columban Concert Series.  They are such a great listening audience and a real treat to play for.  Andrew Bishop, James Hughes, Mark Kieme, Walter White, Jimmy Smith, Ben Jannson, Mark Berger, Chris Smith, Paul Finkbeiner, Brandon Cooper, Matt Martinez, Steve Hunter, Gary Hellick, Jonathan Ovalle, Matt Henninger, Kris Kurzawa, and Bob Mervak played their asses off!  Special thanks to the series staff and Penny Warmanen for the help.

A composer always treasures the opportunity to have his work performed by the caliber of talent and meticulous nature of the members of this band.  My music is hard, but I write what I want and find the players who can pull it off with grace, style, and bravada.  This was my philosophy with Saxomble, and it continues with the House Big Band.

Look for us to return to the Detroit scene very soon. has the House BB record up!

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

The House Big Band CD is now up at!!!

House Big Band 1/10/12 Final Line Up

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Announcing the personnel for the 1/10/12 House Big Band CD Release Concert

Mark Kieme – alto sax
James Hughes – alto sax
Andrew Bishop – tenor sax
Ben Jannson – tenor sax
Mark Berger – bari sax

Walter White – trumpet
Jimmy Smith – trumpet
Brandon Cooper – trumpet
Paul Finkbeiner – trumpet

Chris Smith – trombone
Matt Martinez – trombone
Steve Hunter – trombone
Gary Hellick – bass trombone

Bob Mervak – piano
Matt Henninger -electric bass
Jonathan Ovalle – drums

Detroit Blues Society gig was a great time!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

David Swain initially approached me months ago about playing and recording a series of voiced out Lester Young solos that Bill Holman wrote many years ago. Add James Hughes and Keith Kaminski, and you get a good chunk of yesterday’s gig at the Scarab Club in Detroit. The other main part of the performance was a series of guitar blues played and sung by George Bedard (of George Bedard and the Kingpins). It was my first time working with him, great blues player, hope to do it again. It was also my first time at the Scarab Club – very hip little room. RJ Spangler runs a very well attended series there for the Detroit Blues Society which is pretty cool.

Let’s make a record!

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

It brings me great pleasure to announce that on Tuesday 2/22/11, I will be showcasing my big band music with the House Big Band in a live recording session. I’ve got an amazing lineup of 17 allstars from the Southeast Michigan scene.

Saxophones: Mark Kieme, James Hughes, Andrew Bishop, Mark Berger, Michael Hiemstra, Bobby Streng
Trumpets: Bob Jensen, Jimmy Smith, Paul Finkbeiner, Bill Lucas
Trombone: Chris Smith, Steve Hunter, Matt Martinez, John Rutherford
Piano: Bob Mervak
Guitar: Kris Kurzawa
Bass: Pat Prouty, Matt Henninger
Drums: Jonathan Ovalle

This live recording session will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 2/22/11 at St Columban Church in Birmingham, Michigan (1775 East Melton). I hope that you will come be a part of this very special night. Thanks for the support!