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A true musician at heart, JD Hughes is submerged in the spirit of music itself. In his hometown, St. Louis, JD teaches music lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages and is band leader of JD Hughes & The Fuze. On the road he can currently be found playing music festivals around the USA as Bass and/or Lead Guitar for Chase Makai & Friends. Driven by passion for life, JD manifests his dreams into reality. His heartfelt nature is felt though his guitar, voice and authenticity as well as through his mature and humbling performance.

JD’s thought provoking lyrics can be described as seasoned, soulful and conscious, enforcing the broad reach of this modern day singer songwriter. The songs are testaments of his journey inward, and his inspired reflections in life following a period of serious illness in his early 20’s. The message of his music allows an opportunity for the listener to explore the ideas of spirituality, nature, and internal balance.


JD Hughes & The Fuze is a funk infused jam band, inspired by the rich, cultural diversity of their hometown of St. Louis. Their sound embodies a heavy 70’s vibe, combining a lively blend of Funk, Jazz, Rock, & Reggae best described as “jam funk jazz”.

his conscious lyrics inspire the mind. The feel-good lyrics, blended with funky bass lines and smooth horns, creates a unique musical experience…

-Sound of STL

The band formed in late 2016, out of the desire to recreate a big band sound similar to some of their favorite artists such as Steely Dan, The Crusaders, Snarky Puppy, Dave Matthews Band, etc. JD Hughes & The Fuze is made up of a moving cast of musicians including (but not limited to): JD Hughes (Vocals, Guitar), Ryan Benthall (Keys, Vocals), Theodore Brookins (Bass), Matt Ingram (Drums), Brian Ryback (Sax, Vocals) and Brady Lewis (Trumpet). Auxiliary members often include Drew Lance (Percussion, Vocals), Sean Anglin (Percussion), Jacob Zengerling (Bass), and Andrew Stephen (Keys). The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their first full length album releasing late SUMMER 2019.