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James Hurt

James Hurt, born on May 8, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee in the historic Orange Mound Community, credits his mom for his early exposure to blues, jazz, and soul music. James became dedicated to the drums by age twelve. At age fifteen, James auditioned as a percussionist and was accepted into Watkins Overton High School of the Creative and Performing Arts. At age sixteen James did his first session as a recording engineer. Musically, James is genre bender who approaches music as a journey in sound.

Though James studied percussion while attending TSU, his harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis and applied piano instructor Dr. Donald Barrett, Oberlin Conservatory Alumnus, attempted to switch his focus to piano. Barrett exposed him to the classical piano literature of Bartok, Prokofiev, Ginastera, Liszt, Chopin, Gershwin, Legeti, and Rachmaninoff. James graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science Degree in Computer-Based Music Education yet was determined to pursue creative music further.

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“…pianist James Hurt, whose eccentricities make him important. Mr. Hurt sounds as if he has absorbed Elmo Hope and Herbie Nichols and early Cecil Taylor, but he has added his own baroque sense of ornamentation, building static piles of rumbles and glittering figures. And he's percussive, sitting on repeated notes until drama springs from his improvisation…” – THE NEW YORK TIMES “…Hurt, yet another pianist from Memphis, has an exploratory personality and sounds resolutely like himself…But it's his early training as a drummer that makes him distinct...Mr. Hurt's sure sense of time allowed outrageous play on his part, rhythmic gestures that would have sent most bands spinning out of control

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Education: M.S. Mus Ed-Master of Science in Music Education. Tennessee State University at Nashville, TN Designed a Music Laboratory for Computer-Based Music Education (with a remote learning component for off-site administration from a teacher) to regulate self-paced learning modules to teach music theory and Fundamentals from Beginner to College Student levels. The model sought to improve the diminishing population of music taught in the public school system and proposed this alternative to music education which is now referred to as Online Learning. Private Instruction for available for Piano, Drum set, Fretboard Organization, Music theory, Finding Your Instrumental Voice, Music and Movement, Music and the Chakras, Music as a Healing force, Music and the biochemical connection, Musical Syntax and Linguistic Development, Arranging and Composition, Rhythm and Proportion, and more. Availability and Rates may vary: Hourly lessons start at $90 per hour; $75 per hour (wo hour session); $180 per hour (three hour session)

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