Take Five With Bill Hart
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Jazz will never die, it will change but I don't think it will die. My favorite musician is Miles Davis. His career went through four generations of music and had a major influence on the changes that took place.
What is in the near future?
My bassist who lives with me will be moving back to his home in Italy next month. Then we will bring my music to test the grounds in Europe with some touring.
Fortunately I've been able to survive playing music for almost 20 years, without having to do something outside of music. Meaning performing, teaching lessons, clinics, published a book through Hal Leonard, gigs of all sorts, recording CDs, producing, and so on. This has taught me to appreciate all forms of music, but jazz is where my heart is.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
I think I would explore the art of working with wood. Yes, carpentry. I have a passion for creating with quality and exotic wood as well as commonly used wood working, cabinets, framing. I think I'm fascinated with the math and angles involve in this type of mastery.