Hugh Ash has taken his trumpet around the globe, performing everything from contemporary classical to standard repertoire, jazz, rock, and world music. Based in Brooklyn, Hugh is a versatile musician and active free-lancer, currently playing with The Curiosity Cabinet, Metropolitan Brass Quintet (which he co-founded in 2009), Ensemble Moto Perpetuo (EMP), the New York Trombone Consort (NYTC).
An avid lover of contemporary classical music, Hugh actively champions work by living composers. He has performed premieres by Philippe Manoury (EMP), Larry Sitsky (solo), David Maslanka and Viet Cuong (Brooklyn Wind Symphony), Whitney George (The Curiosity Cabinet, CME), Nicolas Nelson (NYTC), Amir Shpilman (EMP), Jay Vilnai (NYTC), Angelica Negron (CME), and Harry Stafylakis (CME). He has performed at the Hartford Women’s Composers Festival (The Curiosity Cabinet), MoMA’s PopRally series, and as part of the Art in Odd Places Festival at Galeria Perdida.
On the rock/pop/world circuit, Hugh has played the Highline Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg with the French experimental duo CocoRosie. He has played with Willpilot, Dub is a Weapon as well as Dave Hillyard & Rocksteady 7, and has recorded with Alice and Michi (Strange Bloom) and Aza Nizi Maza (EP). He accompanied Brazilian poet/playwright Guil Parreiras in his Pensamentos Poéticos project and recently recorded the soundtrack for the indie documentary Barn Burning by Timothy Cleary.
Around New York City, Hugh performed in Craig Shepard’s Trumpet City, Roy Hargrove’s fanfare to open the People’s Climate Change March (2014), and the opening of the completed water tunnel, presented by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg (2013). Hugh has also played with the Richmond County Orchestra, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Abyssinian Baptist Church’s special holiday orchestra, the Litha Symphony Orchestra, New York Opera Exchange, and was principal trumpet of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony for several years.
Hugh received his bachelor’s degree in Classical Music and Anthropology from Ithaca College and studied Jazz/Commercial music and classical music at The State University of New York at Purchase College, and has studied with such notable trumpet players as Graham Ashton, Ray Vega, Jon Faddis, Vince Penzarella, Kim Dunnick and Vince DiMartino. Prior to settling in New York City, he performed around the world for a number of years with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He teaches private lessons and master classes; his students performed at the International Trumpet Guild in 2000.