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 April 4, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy a lovely evening of Jazz at the Mattatuck.


Claudia and Bob Hughes

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 and currently sings and plays piano with the all women band “Illuminata”.

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”, several original songs and many more crowd favorites. Thursday’s repertoire will also include jazz arrangements of Disney tunes like “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” from The Aristocats, “When I See an Elephant Fly” from Dumbo.

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 on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Choral Society.

From left – Mark Templeton, Donn Doucette and Kevin Templeton

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, a fun after hours event, is a great way to meet up with friends, network with business associates and enjoy live music. 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! To purchase tickets in advance call (203) 753-0381 ext. 10 or go to the website at for more information and to register online.

Visit or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of fifteen world-class museums and historic sites ( 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. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.