Jo hails from London, UK and after several years playing other instruments including the piano, violin and flute, took up saxophone aged 15 (after seeing UB40 in concert and mainly being seduced by the glamour of the instrument!). She then discovered sax giants such as Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz, and began playing with some excellent local jazz musicians with whom she really "cut her teeth". It was then that she discovered jazz fusion artists such as Weather Report, Pat Metheny, the Jazz Crusaders and Miles Davis and was particularly interested in crossover jazz, funk and fusion. Although mostly self-taught, she received instruction at the Guildhall School of Music from ex-Art Blakey saxophonist Jean Toussaint as part of her BSc music degree at City University. Jo has since performed as a session musician and regular sax player for a variety of soul, pop, jazz, funk and fusion bands, as well as appearing on TV with pop-rock legends Dave Stewart (with whom she toured Europe) and Lou Reed.

Jo cites many saxophonists as having influenced her style, such as Coltrane and Charlie Parker, but particularly the old school tenor players such as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Illinois Jacquet and Dexter Gordon, and commercial players such as Junior Walker and Earl Bostic. More modern influences include Wayne Shorter, Ronnie Laws, Grover Washington and David Sanborn. Her playing has variously been described as "on fire" and "full of soul".

Jo has composed and recorded music since her early teens and synthesises various influences into her personal style, from jazz fusion to funk, and latin house music. Her aim has always been to combine great grooves and catchy melodies with jazz-inspired improvisation and harmonic complexity.


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Nightwalker Cold Turkey Chasing the Breeze
Going Under    


(with Dave Stewart live in Germany)
(Wise Up)



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Press comments

"Wonderful soulful feel hang on for the deep melody real pull on the emotions."
Futurejazz on "Going Under".

Simple heavenly! Sax performance is superb...Rich and full...Love the articulations...Solid arrangement. Top Notch track!!!"
Ascenzion on "Going Under"

"Now this is captivating to say the least. Incredible sax playing. Love the edge it to it. Tight groove with cool production values. Sensational performance."
Ascenzion on "Chasin the Breeze"

"Full on fusion with tasty soulful melody great sax uplifting sound just turn it up and enjoy!"
 Futurejazz on "Chasin' the Breeze"





Email:  johughesmusic@yahoo.com
Website:  www.johughes.com