Sarah Hughes is a performing artist from Pasadena, Maryland. On the collegiate level, Sarah studied first with the classical saxophonist, Dale Underwood, at the University of Maryland. She received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education in 2008 and taught beginning band and strings programs for five years before leaving Maryland in 2013 to pursue a master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. There, she studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Anthony Coleman, and Donny McCaslin. Having absorbed a deeply rich variety of concepts and styles, Sarah returned to Baltimore/Washington DC in 2016 to hone her identity. Thanks to the curators and band leaders in the area, Sarah performs regularly in solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble formats at such local venues as Rhizome in Takoma Park and various art galleries, museums, and concert spaces in DC, Maryland, New York, Boston, and Chicago.
Sarah's style and musical interests are ever evolving as she is active in both the jazz and experimental/electronic realms. She has played with Baltimore artists and bands including Myelin Nation, Abdu Ali, Peter Redgrave, Dylan Schuman's Screaming Art Large Ensemble, Mind on Fire, and The New Old Fashioneds. DC bands she plays with include Beauty Pill, Heterodyne, and Shannon Gunn and the Bulletes. Sarah's own projects are Jade Marie, an interactive solo set, a duo with drummer Nate Scheible, and her avant garde free jazz ensemble, Coy Fish. Sarah's social and political beliefs often shape her art-making and manifest through her approach to and the language of her performances. The best way to hear and see what she is up to is to attend a live performance. Events are often listed here at www.sarahmariehughes.com.