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Musician/Composer Olivia Hughart (LMHS '19) Working on First Album
Musician/Composer Olivia Hughart (LMHS '19) Working on First Album

Jazz is many things to many people. To 19-year-old Lower Merion, PA native saxophonist-composer Olivia Hughart — renowned for starting the female-focused Key of She Jazz organization and conference— jazz means pancakes. Jazz means family.Jazz means something loved and in close proximity.

"My parents weren't professional players—dad's a drummer in a trio, mom plays piano and is taking lessons—but they were always jazz lovers," said Hughart, quick to include her saxophone-playing brother in the mix. "Ever since we were little kids, my parents would wake us every morning, loudly playing jazz through the house. Then they immediately started making pancakes and stuff. That's a great vibe to start your day.

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