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“Camden Hughes is a Tour De Force when it comes to performing and teaching Jazz music and all of its variants, whether it be funk, rock, hip-hop, soul etc…”

-David Gluck, Percussionist, Composer, Educator, Author (Yamaha, Zildjian, Innovative Percussion Artist, Published by Hal Leonard and Universal Edition)


"Camden Hughes...as professional as they come, a pleasure to work with and an incredible (and versatile!!) musician. We look forward to working with Camden for years to come."

-Stephanie Leavell, manager, Johnson Brothers Hospitality


 

 

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Camden Hughes, featured in Idaho Press-Tribune.

Camden Hughes, featured in Idaho Press-Tribune.

Camden Hughes is a singer-songwriter, jazz multi-instrumentalist, and music educator from Boise, ID. Well-versed in several musical genres, Camden composes and performs in the jazz, funk, soul, and songwriter idioms.

The son of two classical piano teachers, Camden grew up immersed in music, starting the piano at the age of 4 and the guitar at age 15.  With years of both jazz and classical training, Camden has a unique perspective on composition informed by a vast array of musical experiences.. 

In addition to being an in-demand performer in the Boise area, Camden is a passionate educator.  Camden started the website www.LearnJazzStandards.com in 2010, which has grown into a trusted jazz education resource all over the world with over 14 million views and 50,000+ subscribers on the Learn Jazz Standards YouTube page.

Camden teaches Band at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID. He also serves as an adjunct music instructor at Northwest Nazarene University, where he received his B.A. in music education and music theory.  He has also served as an adjunct music teacher at NNU since 2007.

Camden has played over 1,500 gigs in the past 15 years, working with many great musicians.  In addition to being the Founder of www.LearnJazzStandards.com, Camden has shared the stage with Bruce Forman, Carl Saunders, John Clayton, Curtis Stigers, Brent Vaartstra, Scott Whitfield, Stanton Kessler, Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb, Justin Nielsen, Paul Tillotson, Brent Jensen, the Frim Fram Four, Sandon Mayhew, Phil Garonzik, Thomas Hutchings,  Bill Courtial, Clay Moore, the Jazz Angels, and MANY more!  

Camden's first album, "IntroSpective," an accessible modern jazz collaboration with New York saxophonist Thomas Hutchings, released August 8th, 2015, with overwhelming support from fans exceeding their goal by 121% on PledgeMusic.

Camden's second album, "McCall," released in November, 2017.  It features Portland Guitarist Dan Balmer on guitar, Edwin Wallace Wheeler III on electric bass, Wayne Bliss on acoustic bass, and David Gluck on the drums.  "McCall" is the result of 10 hours of FREE studio time Camden won in a recording contest held by Blissman Studios in Tacoma, WA.  Sixteen different bands entered music in the contest, and Camden was chosen to receive first prize and 10 hours of free studio time!