Vocalists Bob & Claudia Hughes set to perform jazz and standard duets at the Mattatuck Museum.

   The Mattatuck Museum will feature the ever-popular Claudia Hughes performing with fellow vocalist Bob Hughes and the Mark Templeton Trio at the First Thursday event on September 1, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. All are invited to come and enjoy a lovely evening of Jazz at the Mattatuck.

   Claudia Hughes has been a professional vocalist for many years in bands and choral groups. Her diversified repertoire includes jazz standards, pop and rock as well as classical music. She studied voice with Bill Finegan and his wife, Rosemary O’Riley. Most recently Ms. Hughes has worked with local voice coaches Marianna Vagnini and Seven Angels music director Richard DeRosa.  Joining Claudia on vocals for the evening will be her husband, Bob Hughes singing jazz and standard duets such as “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “Teach Me Tonight”, “Sometimes I’m Happy” and many more crowd favorites. Bob Hughes has studied voice with Perry Price of Danbury, Eric Trudel of Hamden and Valerie Sorel in New York City.  He founded the group “Let Your Light Shine” and is currently President of the Connecticut Choral Society.

   Pianist Mark Templeton’s jazz stylings display a wide variety of influences encompassing ragtime, stride, boogie woogie, swing, bebop, modern and classical. He has toured and performed with trumpet legends Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw and Clark Terry, as well as saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Frank Foster. He has played at the Nice and Berlin Jazz Festivals, the World Expo in Seville, Spain and numerous other festivals and tours. Mark currently performs with the “Cast of Beatlemania”, a touring production of the Broadway show “Beatlemania” featuring members of the original cast.  He leads his trio featuring Kevin Templeton on drums and Donn Doucette on bass.

   Kevin Templeton is a drummer and singer who has performed in dozens of bands throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and on cruise ships. Bass player Donn Doucette has performed with legends Sammy Davis Jr., Sergio Franchi, Mac Davis, Dave McKenna and Gary Sargent. He has performed with several symphony orchestras and at hundreds of concerts and jazz fests region-wide as well as abroad.

   First Thursday is a great way to meet up with friends, network with business associates and enjoy live music. To purchase tickets in advance call the Museum at (203) 753-0381 ext 10. Or go to the website at www.mattatuckmuseum.org for more information and to register online. Admission is $7 for museum members and $15 for non-members. Join the museum or renew your membership on First Thursday and get in free!

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at www.MattatuckMuseum.org or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites (www.arttrail.org). Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.