Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock grew up in the shadow of Motown and music school. The product of the marriage of a musicologist and a piano virtuoso, Hugh started playing the piano at age 2 and the guitar at age 6. He performed locally from a very young age, including the lead role in an opera for an audience of 5000 people at age 13. Hugh was the youngest person to enter the University of Toronto's electronic music program at age 14, where he learned to program synthesizers and operate a recording studio. Hugh went on to be a composition major at the University of Michigan school of music, but soon realised that the life of a performing "real-world" jazz or rock musician was more for him than an academic scene.
In his teen years, Hugh worked in creative groups in Ann Arbor Michigan including the Martian Entropy Band and Tantra, but eventually found his way into the local RnB scene. Hugh's Detroit funk band Tymepiece often worked with RnB vocalist Jimmy Delphs for his showcase gigs. National producers took notice of Hugh's powerhouse composition "Captain Jarvis", and used the song for superstar jazz violinist Noel Pointer's breakout album, Feel It. Not only was this the first urban jazz tune to incorporate a 5-string electric violin, it was also the most requested song on Detroit's WJZZ radio for the year and continues to be a cult favorite. Hugh moved to Detroit, where he worked as a bass player with Norma Jean Bell and the All-Stars, Belita Woods of Brainstorm, and Marcus Belgrave, in addition to being the understudy for virtuoso bassist Lamont Johnson. Hugh was also known as the go-to guy for studio arrangements on funk horn sections.
Eventually Hugh moved to Miami, Florida to get out of the snow and slush. In South Florida, Hugh made many musical connections. Among them was a commission to produce what turned out to be the comeback album for international rock artist Mike Hanopol, featuring Mike's Asian hit Buhay Amerika. Hugh provided music locally as well, his group "Hitchcock Presents" secured long-term house gigs at prestigious venues such as the Biltmore Hotel.
Hugh continued to write and produce original music and learned to sequence with a computer, even being hired to provide MIDI (computer-music) programming for various national production companies. He learned the ins and outs of computers and eventually got his title as software engineer, creating computer programs and software on commission for various clients. He worked as a web entrepreneur during the heyday of the rush to the internet, managing databases and working as the architect of information technology infrastructures for start-ups. When digital recording came into the main, Hugh was ready -- he already knew the ins and outs of computers intimately, and with his recording studio experience, it was only a stone's throw to connect his musical aspirations with his computer expertise, and voila.
Alternately working as a performer internationally and around his home city of Miami, Florida, Hugh ultimately finished the first CD he hadn't produced for someone else -- this time under his own name as artist. The jokingly-titled "FUNKMEISTER" album was released on August 8 of this year (2009) and is available from CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/hughjarvishitchcock. This lush sounding CD combines Motown, Funk, and Worldbeat, and features Dutch vocalist Elisa Sintjago and former K.C. and the Sunshine band alumnae Dennis Sierra on guitars as well as reknowned saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr.
Hugh continues to perform, now primarily with the Ike and Val Woods RnB revue. Catch them around Miami or touring internationally.
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 09 Nov 2009 07:42 PM|
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|POSTED BY: momof5pacs||POSTED ON: 27 Oct 2009 05:29 PM|
Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock and his debut CD, "Funkmeister" is an album that spans fluently across many genres. At some moments it's urban and jazzy, other times it's 80's music with some world beat flare. Female vocals, keyboards, and a drum machine make for some smooth, catchy, and fun songs. The album is best represented by the track, "Out of Control," as it has a fast paced world drum beat, jazzy saxophone, and a funky bass line that really moves. The stand out single is "All I Know" as this song offers a slower moving beat with soft and sweet vocals. "Funkmeister" will surprise you at every turn, from its ever-changing genre, to samples of George W. Bush speeches and is definitely a great album to hear if you’re looking for a variety of music with vibrant rhythms.
-Matt M. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
|POSTED BY: radioindy||POSTED ON: 24 Oct 2009 05:04 AM|
Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock: Funkmeister