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Hughart, Jim (James David)

Hughart, Jim (James David), bass; b. Minneapolis, MN, 28 July 1936. He graduated from Edison High School, Minneapolis in 1957, and received a BA (Music Composition & Theory, Bass) from the University of Minnesota, 1957. He got a BS in Music Education in 1963. Son of Frederick (Fritz) Hughart, bassist with Minneapolis Symphony and San Diego Symphony, and Annette (Bastien) Hughart, older sister of jazz bassists Biddy and Billy Bastien.

He's been a working musician since 1953, as bassist and fender bassist. He was bassist with Kansas City Philharmonic, 1958-59, Principal Bass, 7th Army Symphony, 1959-61. Worked as (mostly) jazz musician in Minneapolis 1961-1965, moved to Los Angeles and has been full-time working musician since.
He spent two years as a percussionist with the 7th Army Symphony before joining Ella Fitzgerald's group. During his 3 years with Ella, he started his extensive recording career. He has recorded with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, Mel Torme, Joan Baez, Barry Manilow, Rosemary Clooney, Oscar Peterson, Zoot Sims, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Pass, Roy Eldridge, Barney Kessell, Toots Thielman, Louis Bellson, Tom Scott, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Ray Coniff, Lenny Carlson (he was also on several cuts of Saturday Night Fever) and many others. (His own favorites are the series of live recordings for Pablo by Joe Pass.)

He's performed on live TV with Carol Burnett, Joey Bishop, Steve Allen; in TV films "Outlaw Cats of Colossal Cave," "Paper Chase," "Bravos," "Streets of San Francisco," and several theme recordings for network shows. He's performed live with Shirley Jones, Modernaires, Dick Haymes, Trini Lopez, Vicki Carr, Ray Coniff, Louis Bellson, Florence Henderson, Mills Brothers, Hanry Mancini, Ray Anthony; Maynard Ferguson, Don Ellis, Count Basie, Pete Barbutti, Sue Raney, Dave Mackay, Anita O'Day, and many others.

Jim is also an accomplished recording engineer, and has written a great deal of music for TV and movies. Jim was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for string bass for 3 years by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the MVP Emeritous award for string bass in 1987. Jim is also active doing college clinics and workshops. He is currently working with Natalie Cole's show. He works locally and resides in San Diego, CA.

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