AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
On November 22, 2018. Beloved husband of Helena Gerard Hughes; father of Charles S., Kenneth M. and Pamela A. Hughes; son of the late John W. and Hattie Horton Hughes; brother of the late Tom Horton and Cora Hughes; grandfather of Lauren Kenni Marie; brother-in-law of Claudette and Ray Richardson; uncle of Todd Richardson and Sylvester Hughes. An accomplished musician whose love of music and residency at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association was only surpassed by his love of his wife of 60 years, Helena. John composed and performed the hit song "Rambunctious" which he played regularly with the Harold Betters Quartet at the legendary Crawford Grill, Encore, and the Gaslight Club. He will be tickling the ivories with the jazz greats that he played with when began his music career at 16 years old. Upon graduation with a degree in music from Duquesne University, he furthered his education and retired as a mediator from the Justice Department. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Allegheny Cemetery Temple of Memories at 1 p.m. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. (freyvogelfuneralhome.com).
RIP. Prayers for family.
After Pitt football games, I'd go to the Encore in Shadyside to hear Harold Betters in a packed house. John Hughes was with him the. In the Eighties, he was playing with Jerry in his Crescendo Lounge, that unforgettable slightly seedy jazz club where I spent many evenings.Billy Eckstine dropped in when he visited the 'Burgh and I once sat at the bar, conversing with Al Hibbler. I remember John Hughes as being very pleasant and playing solid, if not flashy piano along with Danny on trombone, Bobby on bass, and of course Jerry doing the drums and vocals. I wish that I could relive those days one more time. I marveled at how Jerry sometimes introduced the band even when George or Harold Betters were in the audience: " And on bass, this is Bobby----the brother I never had."