Gaz Hughes Trio


Date: 14 March 2023
End Date: 14 March 2023
Type: open

TIME: 8.00 – 11.00PM

TICKETS: £10 .

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Gaz Hughes – drums
Andrzej Baranek – piano
Ed Harrison – bass


This is a trio who are based in the North West. They accompanied Dean Masser at the East Side 3 years ago and since then have become a very accomplished trio releasing 2 albums and having a very busy touring schedule in the North and Midlands. This is their only London gig on their current 27 date tour.

Gaz first came to wider public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band and featured heavily on the early recordings of the Gondwana label. A particular highlight was recording the album “On The GO”, which won THE BEST JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, 2012 and was nominated Best Jazz Album MOBO Awards, 2011.

As a sideman, Gaz has performed with many UK and international Jazz artists including: Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Marshal Allen, Greg Abate, Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Tony Kofi, Ian Shaw, Guy Barker, Liane Carroll, Matt Ford, Digby Fairweather, Tina May, Art Theman, Gilad Atzmon, Julian Stringle, Roy Williams, Enrico Tomasso, John Hallam, Ben Holder, Brian Dee, Dave Newton, Remi Harris, Tim Kliphuis, Dean Masser, Neil Yates, Arun Ghosh, Matthew Halsall, Nat Birchall, Adam Fairhall, James Allsopp, Ivo Neame, Dean Stockdale and Uno Prism.

Gaz has also played with many Rock and Pop artists including Patti Boulaye, Suzi Quatro, Ray Quinn (X Factor), Rick Guard (Platinum selling artist and musical writer), Kristyna Myles (Mobo nominated artist).

In 2019, Gaz was voted 5th Place – BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS, in 2020 Gaz released his first album as a band leader “Plays Art Blakey”. It featured Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Dean Masser and was supported by a huge UK tour and extensive radio play. Andrzej Baranek and Ed Harrison also went on to record as part of Gaz’s trio albums.

In May 2022, Gaz released a trio album “Beboperation”. It was so well received that the trio  went straight back in the studio to record a follow up album called “Beboptical Illusion”. The latest album marks a turning point for the trio as it features mostly original compositions and is a direction that the trio will be focusing on from now on. Beboptical Illusion will be released on Feb 3rd 2023 and supported by a huge UK tour starting later that month.

Gaz is endorsed by the Canopus drum company.


Andrzej Baranek – A swinging , edgy and inventive pianist who many jazz fans will recognise as a member of the renowned Magic Hat Ensemble . He has performed with many UK jazz stars including Dave O’Higgins and Enrico Tomasso and is one of the most in-demand accompanists in the North West.



– – – What the critics, promoters and musicians say: – – –

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“Incredible” – Ginger Baker

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

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“Thoroughly entertained by top class musical talent”– Pershore Jazz

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

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“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

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“Old school Jazz for the 21st Century” – Dale Bassett, Sonata Lounge


Gaz Hughes Trio – Beboperation Videos


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