Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet - The Gates

The Yao Smith Hughes Sextet brings a fresh, new set of original compositions following in the footsteps of the straight-ahead jazz tradition of Detroit. Hard-bopping melodies, tight 3-horn arrangements, colorful voicings, driving swing feel and soulful grooves are all trademarks of The Gates. Trumpeter Jimmy Smith and saxophonist James Hughes of Detroit are joined by New York trombonist John Yao to form a co-led ensemble. They each are band leaders in their own right, but set all that aside to collaborate on this 2019 recording.

The Hughes/Smith Quintet

"Detroit's The James Hughes - Jimmy Smith Quintet keeps the hard bop flame burning in this follow up to Ever Up & Onward (Self Produced, 2015). The album shares the same personnel—this has been a working band since 2013, and they sound like it—and the same positive energy. The program is all originals this time." All About Jazz, 5/17/2018

Melvin "Lyric" Steals - All I Need is You Tonight

Melvin "Lyric" Steals - All I Need is You Tonight

Melvin "Lyric" Steals
All I Need is You Tonight (2016)

Damani Phillips - Duality

Damani Phillips - Duality

Damani Phillips
Duality (2015)

Sofi K - Love Hate

Sofi K - Love Hate

Sofi K
Love Hate (2015)

Julianne Ankley - Don't Let Go

Julianne Ankley - Don't Let Go

Julianne Ankley
Don't Let Go (2015)

Beth Stalker - She's Gonna Shine

Beth Stalker - She's Gonna Shine

Beth Stalker
She's Gonna Shine (2015)

Duane Allen Harlick - Beneath the Surface

Duane Allen Harlick - Beneath the Surface

Duane Allen Harlick
Beneath the Surface (2015)

Tunde Olaniran - Transgresser

Tunde Olaniran - Transgresser

Tunde Olaniran
Transgresser (2015)

Will Sessions - Mix Takes 3&4

Will Sessions - Mix Takes 3&4

Will Sessions -
Mix Takes 3&4 (2015)

Metro Jazz Voices - Winngin' It

Metro Jazz Voices - Winngin' It

Metro Jazz Voices
Winngin' It (2015)

Sam Van Wagoner - On Tap

Sam Van Wagoner - On Tap

Sam Van Wagoner
On Tap (2014)

Dirty Basement Blues Band - Coming Clean

Dirty Basement Blues Band
Coming Clean (2014)

The HSQ - Ever Up & Onward

The Hughes/Smith Quintet
Ever Up & Onward (2015)

Mark Randisi & The MCJO

Mark Randisi & The MCJO

Mark Randisi & The Motor City Jazz Orchestra
Hello Detroit (2015)

Melvin Davis - Double or Nothing

Melvin Davis
Double or Nothing (2015)

Sofi K - One Way Ticket

Sofi K - One Way Ticket

Sofi K
One Way Ticket (2015)

Stewart Francke - Midwestern

Stewart Francke - Midwestern

Stewart Francke
Midwestern (2015)

The Motor City Jazz Octet - Beyond Words

The Motor City Jazz Octet - Beyond Words

The Motor City Jazz Octet
Beyond Words (2015)

Demetrius Nabors - A Journey Within Part 2

Demetrius Nabors - A Journey Within Part 2

Demetrius Nabors
A Journey Within Part 2 (2014)

Johnny Rhoades - Waiting on the Sun

Johnny Rhoades - Waiting on the Sun

Johnny Rhoades
Waiting on the Sun (2014)

The Modern CAP Band - The Modern Cap Band

The Modern CAP Band
The Modern Cap Band (2014)

Dr. Prof. Leonard King Orchestra - Oopapada Expanded

Dr. Prof. Leonard King Orchestra
Oopapada Expanded (2014)

The Motor City Jazz Octet - Played in Detroit

The Motor City Jazz Octet - Played in Detroit

The Motor City Jazz Octet
Played in Detroit (2014)

Stewart Francke - A Familiar Fire

Stewart Francke
A Familiar Fire (2014)

Lady T - Life's Been Leaning On Me

Lady T
Life's Been Leaning On Me (2014)

Melvin Davis - Detroit Soul Ambassador

Melvin Davis
Detroit Soul Ambassador (2013)

The PKO with Sarah D'Angelo - Happiness

The PKO with Sarah D'Angelo
Happiness (2013)

The HSQ - From Here On Out

James Hughes/Jimmy Smith Quintet
From Here On Out (2013)

Stewart Francke - Love Implied

Stewart Francke
Love Implied (2012)

Hit & Run - Movie Soundtrack

Hit & Run
Original Movie Soundtrack (2012)

Jeff Scott -The Long Way Home

Jeff Scott
The Long Way Home (2012)

Bobby Streng's House Big Band - Getting Housed

Bobby Streng's House Big Band
Getting Housed (2012)

Bob Mervak and Isabel Nelson - Bob & Iz

Bob Mervak and Isabel Nelson
Bob & Iz (2011)

Stewart Francke - Heartless World

Stewart Francke
Heartless World (2011)

Saoco - The E.P.

Saoco
The E.P. (2010)

Bret Puchir & the Chicken Bucket Allstars - Funky Country

Bret Puchir & The Chicken Bucket Allstars
Funky Country (2010)

The Motor City Horns - Local Boys

The Motor City Horns
Local Boys (2009)

Wayne Kounty - The Movement

Kenny Flav Presents:
Wayne Kounty:
The Movement (2005)

Men Of Grace - I Believe

Men Of Grace
I Believe (2003)