School of Music

Matt Hughes

Matt T Hughes, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, String Bass
Sallee 210

Originally from Kalamazoo MI, Matt Hughes performed in numerous symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles in the Midwest. After receiving his BM from Michigan State University and his MM from Western Michigan University, he moved to New York City to tour and record with jazz great Betty Carter. He has worked with the Cab Calloway Orchestra and had the honor or recording " The Bass" one of bassist Milt Hinton’s unrecorded features with the Orchestra. Hughes was a featured performer at the International Society of Bassists convention and has performed chamber music at the Greenwich house in New York City, at Penn State University and Potsdam University.

Mr. Hughes has performed with several Symphony Orchestras from Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan to The Cincinnati Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The New York repertory Orchestra and Moody Blues strings. He has also performed on Broadway in the Broadway musical “SWING”.

In the Jazz Idiom he has performed with ensembles such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Gene Krupa Orchestra, The Grand Hotel orchestra, the Bill Warfield Big Band, The Next Legacy Orchestra,

The Mills Brothers and has also performed with Jimmy Heath, Eric Alexander, Myron Waldon, Jon Hendricks, Donald Harrision, Jack Dejohnette, Billy Hart, Richard Stoltzman, Milt Hinton, John Boutte, Lea Deliara, Jim Rotundi, Anthony Wonsey, Chip McNeill, Chip Stevens, Jim Pugh and Glenn Wilson to mention a few.

In all Hughes has traveled to more than 30 countries around the globe to perform and clinic in a wide a variety of context. This past winter he toured with Max Weinberg (former music director for late night with Conan O’brien and drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) and recorded an new CD with pianist Travis Wesley.

Mr. Hughes has taught at Western Michigan University. He is currently a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois where he is finishing his doctor of musical arts.