" EJ is a leader and carries himself as such. He should not be put in wasted side jobs or in the back seat of any project; he should be in the front line and in ﬁrst chair. EJ is welcomed back at any time to Holland America Line Inc. but any organization would be lucky to have this titan of a musician and leader."
Gene Young Cruise Director Grand Voyages
"EJ is a superb, world-class musician and human being. He has a beautiful, warm sound. A seasoned improviser with a deep sense of harmony, EJ can bridge between among diverse music genres, from jazz to Afrocuban music."
Dr. José Manuel García, DMA, Steinway Artist
" EJ is a highly gifted, motivated individual, able to play any style with ease and grace. He is a truly talented musician, and can adapt well to any performance setting. EJ is the consummate professional, always well-prepared for all sets and shows, and is highly respected by his colleagues. He has a great attitude on and oﬀ stage, and is always willing and eager to do what is best for his band, often going above and beyond what is required of him. "
Music Director & Band Leader, Holland America
" E.J is a terriﬁc player who maintains the highest level of professionalism both on and oﬀ stage. His sound and technique on the saxophone exhibits his many years of experience in New York and Atlanta, and his doubling abilities on the clarinet and the ﬂute are equally developed, and at a level seldom seen on ships. E.J is able to perform all styles of music, and whether improvising a jazz club gig, or performing an intensive main stage show requiring sight-reading and technical precision, E.J excels.!
On a personal level, E.J has been a tremendous resource to my personal musical 'education' through the sharing of his stories and experiences from his past musical career, and oﬀering recording suggestions and stylistic playing advice speciﬁcally related to the jazz idiom, in which I have been trying to further develop my skills. E.J is a great teacher and role model, and his pleasant personality and social skills makes him comfortable to communicate with, and very easy to relate
M.Mus, B.Mus! Musical Director
" E.J. Hughes is a talented musician who understands the beauties and intricacies of the music, an artist destined to make a valuable contribution to this art form "
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E J Hughes Bio
E. J. Hughes is a saxophonist and woodwind performer / instructor with a background in music that began at age 10 with recorder, moving to alto saxophone in Kenner, Louisianna at 12. The Saxophonist and educator, now in his 50s has travelled extensively performing in many genres with a passion and deep rooted training in Jazz, Classical, and Contemporary music.
Hughes is currently teaching at Singapore Raffles Music College as well as private lessons in person and online. Hughes also teaches at Flute and Music Academy in Singapore. E. J. has been performing weekly in a trio setting for JJAN Korean Fusion Restaurant and various supportive performances with local jazz artists in Singapore.
In the past Hughes helped Georgia State University’s Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) program after returning to Atlanta from work on cruise ships and a year of visiting South East Asia. In the past E. J. was an Artist Affiliate in Jazz Saxophone for Emory University and taught Advanced Improvisation and Jazz Saxophone for Georgia State University before returning to his hometown in New Hampshire.
Hughes received classical instruction on clarinet and flute in his undergraduate work at Valdosta State University where he received his Bachelors degree in Music Performance. E. J. returned to Atlanta to finish a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy in 2001-2003 as a graduate assistant where he was responsible for jazz combo direction as well as instruction of Advanced Improvisation under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Vernick, head of Jazz Studies. Hughes has taught, performed, and recorded while residing in New York, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire and Singapore, in addition to performing extensive cruise ship contracts traveling to over 20 countries. E. J. has performed and recorded with Grammy winning artists while creating, organising, and recording as a leader on the Blue Canoe record label with the digital releases: “Something to Say,” and “Emotional Vampire” available through Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. E J Hughes is currently residing Singapore with his wife Carol.
Jazz Saxophonist and Composer
Saxophones / Clarinet / Flute Instructor / Private Instructor
Jazz and Modern improvisation and Theory
Small Group Arranging and Composition
Jazz Combo Coach / Instructor
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