Jim Hart

Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Jim Hart

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....
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1994: 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

“Definitely the best vibes playing I've heard in a long time.” --Joe Locke

“One of the UK's most creative new jazz artists.” --The Guardian

“Outstanding” --Financial Times

“One of the brightest stars on the UK and European Jazz scene” --John Surman

“Hart has developed an impressively individual voice.” --Jazzwize

“Jim Hart’s vibraphone work shows why this lonely instrument deserves more ears” --JazzTimes

“His vibes playing is a revelation” --The Times

Neon Quartet - Catch Me - Edition records 2010 Jim Hart's Gemini - Narrada - Loop Records 2009 Ivo Neame - Caught in the Light of Day Edition Records 2009 Jim Hart Quartet - Words and Music - Woodville Records 2009 Mike Janisch - Purpose Built Whirlwind Records Ltd 2009 John Warren - Finally Beginning Fuzzy Moon 2009 The New Couriers - Brazilian Thoroughfare Trio Records 2009 Tom Richards Orchestra - Smoke and Mirrors Candid 2008 Neon - Here to There Basho Records 2008 The Matt Wates Sextet - A Picture of You Audio B 2008 Mathew Ford - On The Other Side of The Tracks Diving Duck Records 2007 Quentin Collins - If Not Now. Then When? Sunlight Square 2007 Swinging in Studio One Woodville Records 2007 Adam Bishop - Sanctuary Bishwan Music, 2007 Anjali Perin Quartet - First Reflection Jazzizit 2007 Jim Hart's Gemini - Emergence - Loop Records 2006 Christian Brewer Quintet - Seesaw Basho Records 2006 Tommasso Starace - plays the Photos of Elliott Erwitt Frame CD 2006 Taeko Kunishima - Red Dragonfly 33 Jazz 2006 The New Couriers - Azule Serape Trio Records 2005

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