Originally from Cornwall, Jim Hart began playing drums and piano at age four and soon furthered this to include tuned and orchestral percussion.
A founder member of London’s LOOP collective he is one of the most in demand musicians on the British scene as a soloist and and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. He is also busy with his own projects - Gemini and The Jim Hart Quartet and has several recordings out under his own name.
Jim has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford and Richie Barshay and he was recently a special guest with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra as part of their London residency with the Barbican centre. Formerly the drummer for NYJO, more recently he has played regularly with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Stan Sulzmann and Gwilym Simcock, The Liquorice Stick allsorts with Alan Barnes and Paul Clarvis, Martin Drew's New Jazz Couriers and the Ivo Neame Quartet to name just a few....
Awards1994: John Dankworth 'Most Promising Musician' award in the BBC Big Band of the Year competition.
2006 Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz medal.
2006 British Jazz award for 'Rising star'
2007 British Jazz Award
Participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009
Words And MusicWoodville Records
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