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Music Sunday Jazz at Queen's Hall

Gaz Hughes Trio

  • Sunday 16 June, 3pm
  • Tickets From £10
  • Hexham Library

Sunday Jazz

Gaz Hughes

Andrzej Baranek – Piano
Gavin Barras – Double Bass
Gaz Hughes - Drums

Gaz Hughes is a renowned jazz drummer and band leader, who first gained wide public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band. He has played a significant role in the early recordings of the Gondwana label and has been a highlight on the album "On The Go", which won the Best Jazz Album of the Year at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards in 2012, and was nominated for the Best Jazz Album MOBO Awards in 2011.

As a sideman, Gaz has performed with an impressive array of jazz artists, both in the UK and internationally, including Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Marshal Allen, Greg Abate, Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Tony Kofi, Ian Shaw, and many others. Additionally, he has also collaborated with a number of rock and pop artists such as Patti Boulaye, Suzi Quatro, Ray Quinn, Rick Guard and Kristyna Myles.

In 2019, Gaz was voted 5th Place in the British Jazz Awards. In 2020, he released his debut album as a band leader, “Plays Art Blakey”, featuring Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Dean Masser. The album was met with critical acclaim and was supported by a UK tour and extensive radio play. In May 2022, Gaz released a trio album “Beboperation” which was well received by audiences and critics. Following its success, the trio went back to the studio to record the follow-up album “Beboptical Illusion”. Throughout 2023, the band remained on a continuous tour. They persistently engage in the creation of fresh music and are set to unveil “Nuclear Bebopalypse” in 2024. Following the release, they plan to hit the road once again, with pauses solely dedicated to recording additional music.

Gaz is endorsed by Canopus drums and Rohema drumsticks.


Ginger Baker

“An extremely tasteful and swinging straight ahead drummer, Hughes exhibits a no-nonsense approach to his playing.”

“Thoroughly entertained by top class musical talent.”

Pershore Jazz

“Two superb sets from some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians.”

“They rarely deliver anything less than excellence and today topped just about everything that had preceded it. I feel sad for the squares who weren't there.”

Bebop Spoken Here

“Old school Jazz for the 21st Century.”

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