The Tim Hughes Quartet is a Jazz Quartet focusing on standards and ballads made popular by such greats as

Louis Armstrong (What a Wonderful World), Count Basie (All of Me), John Coltrane (Naima), Duke Ellington (Donít Get Around Much Anymore),
and many more.


Robert Grier, bass and keyboard player has performed and/or recorded with several bands and projects around the Chattanooga area; including: BaaddMojo, MESA RIO, Gene Norman Coalition For Peace, The Tim Hughes Quartet, David Kammerdiener Trio, Bathtub Gin, Lana Sutton/Gypsy Muse, McMinn Jazz Societyís Big Band, and the Sweet Georgia Sounds Big Band and small combo (SGSC).† He is a graduate of Indiana University 1976.

The Tim Hughes Quartet is proud to feature keyboard player (composer and drummer), Mark R. Merritt.† Mark is best known in Chattanooga as the founder of MESA RIO.† MESA RIO is in essence, a jazz orchestra with a Latin-music 'flavor'. Improvisation is an integral part of this lively, upbeat music; rhythmically driven...melodically inspired.† Built around the 'standard' four-piece rhythm section, snappy horns and pounding percussion round out the street-party sound of the band.

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Tim Hughes Quartet

Tim Hughes


Tim Hughes Quartet

Tim Hughes has been playing trumpet since 1972, where he began as a Thorpe Junior High School band member in Hampton, Virginia.†† He went on to play in the award winning James Madison University Jazz Ensemble from 1979 to 1982.† His work in the nuclear industry eventually brought him to East Tennessee to where he now resides.


In addition to The Tim Hughes Quartet, Tim regularly performs with the Overcoming Faith Christian Center choir and musicians in Athens, Tennessee and with the Latin/Jazz group MESA RIO out of Chattanooga.† He also founded the McMinn Jazz Society, which primarily fronts a big band.† Tim usually directs but typically can be heard performing with this group of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and a rhythm section.†

David Payne, from Chattanooga, has been playing drums and percussion off and on since his Junior High School days in the 70's.  His current musical endeavors aside form the THQ include playing in the orchestra at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, the big bands Sweet Georgia Sound and Uptown, Celtic Plain and various area combos.  When opportunity arises, David makes percussive noises in Mark Merritt's Mesa Rio ensemble.

Tommy Ogle is a saxophonist/keyboardist/bassist from the Chattanooga area.  He began mimicking piano from his mother (a veteran church pianist/organist) at the age of 8.  Formal training began in middle school band in 1984 with the saxophone.  Bass followed suit in 1988.  Tommy was a member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Jazz Ensemble as well as Middle Tennessee State's Jazz Band.  Sub-ing regularly with Nashville party band Skyline Drive, he also plays regularly several local swing bands such as Swingtime Orchestra, the Walt Meyer Orchestra, occasionally sitting in with the Uptown Swing Band, Monday Night Big Band and Intsrumental Magic. 


Tommy has also shared music in several area churches, and is currently involved in the Burk's United Methodist contemporary worship service.  Tommy is most well known for being co-founder of long time local jazz fusion group Ivory Punch from 1989-1998.  Currently, Tommy is in pre production for an upcoming CD, collaborating with long time best friend and musical partner Sean O'Bryan Smith.

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Listen here for a snippet of Markís music

Listen here for a snippet of Robertís music