Cliff Hugo

Jazz Bass

By Appointment
Jazz Bass

What I Do at SSU

I teach bass (acoustic and electric) to the jazz students and play in the Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

My Bio

Cliff was born and raised in Southern California, and is the bassist for the legendary Supertramp. He considers himself a lifelong traveler, student and appreciator of the music of the world. He feels soulfully connected and comfortable playing with Brazilian greats, French balladeers, Jamaican Rastafarians as well as exciting new rap talents and venerable rock and jazz greats. Just out of college in 1975, Cliff was asked to record and tour with one of his idols, Ray Charles, playing on the famous "Oh What a Beautiful Morning." After that he settled in LA and began working with Melissa Manchester, and recorded with such artists as Solomon Burke, Jeff Golub, Tevin Campbell, Mike Love, Manhattan Transfer, Tim Finn, Mark Hart, Willie & Lobo, Jeremy Wall, Julie Christianson, Willie Bobo and Peppino D'Agostino. Cliff has lent his talents to over 1000 commercial jingles and hundreds of film and TV scores.