Oral History Information
Jim Hughart was born into a family of professional musicians and is proud of the many musical experiences he had growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Right after graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory, Jim was drafted into the Army. For two years, he traveled throughout Europe performing bass with the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra. After his discharge from the Army, he joined Ella Fitzgerald, with whom he toured for three years. He settled in Southern California and has been very active in the recording studios, having participated in over 200 record albums, 300 motion picture scores, and countless television shows.