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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 masters 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 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.

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  
 
     


 

MFUK
(DreZone)


 
FORGET YOU
(live clip)
 
LILY WAS HERE
(with Dave Stewart live in Germany)

 
PICK UP THE PIECES
(live clip)
 
TIGHT ROPE
(live clip)
 
MERCY
(live clip)
 
SUPERSTITION
(live clip)
 
CHAIN OF FOOLS
(live clip)
 

 
 
 

 


x`(Sax solo in the Lou Reed video starts at around 4:40)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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