The five-piece gypsy jazz ensemble is the furthest thing from stuffy — instead, it’s “energetic, upbeat and lively,” the group’s acoustic guitarist said.
Eric Plangger said adding animated expressions to classic songs allows older audiences to appreciate the classics, while modern elements, like electric guitar, appeal to younger crowds.
The result is something most will agree on, as illustrated by the group’s vast array of venues and performances over the summer.
To complement their plethora of Sudbury shows, Mulligan said Hugh Jazz would eventually like to hit the road. Until then, catch them playing here in town, or at the Jazz Festival. They play the Porter Stage at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Probably the only group to fit in across the board, they played the artistic Northern Lights Festival Boréal, the more mainstream Summerfest and can add a showing at the upcoming Jazz Sudbury Festival after this weekend.
They are also regulars at The Cinco Centavos, playing every Tuesday night at 8 p.m., and frequent the Towne House calendar on a consistant basis.
Ben Mulligan, who plays upright bass, said the group’s eclectic musical backgrounds contribute to the selection of sounds present in their performances.
From blues to classics to rockabilly and punk rock, there’s is a little something that appeals to all kinds of audiences.
“All of our different influences kind of show,” he said.
That diversity makes the group appealing to many.
“A lot of young people ... and new people are starting to get into it,” Mulligan said. “We’re so different. You don’t hear this everywhere.”
Along with Plangger and Mulligan, Hugh Jazz is made of Eric Bento on electric guitar, Jean-Paul Gignac on violin and fiddle and the vocals of Jess Crowe.
Plangger and Mulligan had played together for about two years before the others began jumping on the jazzy bandwagon.
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