Hugh Turner started playing guitar at age 11 and by 13 he was playing with his brothers blues band in pubs and clubs around his native Reading.
At 16 he had already started teaching and had discovered jazz, first studying under Cedric West, the acclaimed Burmese jazz guitarist; and later John Etheridge and Dave Cliff, Britain’s finest bebop guitar player.
Graduating in jazz rock and classical guitar from North London University at age 19, Hugh played in all the London and the South-East’s jazz clubs with his already formed jazz trio.
During the next few years he continued with his jazz performances but also concentrated on composition. Pop session work, touring and many dance-music recording sessions.
In 1995 Hugh co-founded ‘Jazz Upstairs’, a club showcasing the best of British Jazz. Alan Barnes, Jon Gee, Jay Denson, Theo Travis and Dave Cliff all visited the club with the great house rhythm section of Andy Crowdy (acc. bass) and Simon Price (drums).
Around this time he formed Funk Assembly and started the JW’s residency, featuring among others, Brandon Allen (alto), Dennis Rollins (trombone), Brian Edwards (alto) and Andy Gangadeen (drums).
Hugh Turner performs soft jazz for background ambience or funk jazz which can lead to a serious party atmosphere. This talented man will blow your mind.
- Solo Jazz guitar two sets of forty five minutes
- Duo set including saxophone
- Duo set including female vocalist
- Duo set including another guitar
- Jazz trio with drums and bass
- Jazz quartet with drums, bass and saxophone