Personalities | Spike Hughes | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Bass, bandleader, critic, 1908–87)

As editor for Melody Maker and producer at British Decca, Spike Hughes recorded many dance and novelty sides during 1930–32 but had ambitions in jazz. During a New York visit in 1933 he augmented Benny Carter’s band with Coleman Hawkins and recorded 14 of his own arrangements as Spike Hughes & His Negro Orchestra. Notwithstanding Hughes’ many excellent solos, John Hammond wrote that he ‘could not write music that swung’. At this, Hughes decided to return to journalism and producing, and never recorded again.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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