Born in Melbourne in 1931 Dick Hughes is a jazz pianist whose career has spanned over six decades. Pianist Willie McIntyre introduced Dick to jazz in 1941 and took him to the first Australian Jazz Convention in 1946. He started playing drums and piano about this time, worked musically with Max Collie, Ken Owen and John Tucker and was president of the University Rhythm Club (1950-1951). While in London as a journalist (1952-1955) he played with the Cy Laurie and Sandy Brown bands and interviewed US and British jazz stars for ABC National radio. Dick settled in Sydney in February 1955 and worked with the Ray Price Trio and Port Jackson Jazz Band (1956-1962).
He led a quartet at the Macquarie Hotel in 1962, toured with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 1965 and from 1966 until 1986 held residencies at the Windsor Castle Hotel, Adams Hotel, French’s Tavern, the Journalists’ Club, with his Famous Five at Soup Plus (1977-1987) and worked as a piano soloist. He was the first solo jazz pianist to play at the Sydney Opera House (1973) and the first Australian jazz pianist to record an album completely solo (no rhythm accompaniment). He was a member of the Port Jackson Jazz [Reunion] Band during the 1990s and, from 2008, has worked and recorded with his daughter singer-entertainer Christa Hughes. He is now in musical semi-retirement and has been a radio presenter on Fine Music 102.5 since 2005.