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Jim Hart

Jim Hart is one of the most in-demand musicians on the European jazz and alternative music scene, as a soloist and sideman on drums and vibraphone. His background in both jazz and classical music – combined with his interest in the traditional music of Latin America and West Africa and its part in contemporary improvised music – has helped to define his creative personality, melding a distinctive and strong sense of harmony, melody and rhythm.

As a bandleader, he has recorded six albums of his own music which have enjoyed radio airplay and have been critically acclaimed worldwide. Hart leads Cloudmakers Trio and Cloudmakers Five and his eminence across Europe includes a pivotal role in the Marius Neset Quintet (vibes, marimba and percussion), Daniel Erdmann’s Revolution (vibes) and Vula Viel’s exploration of the rhythmic systems of Ghanaian traditional music (drums).

Downbeat magazine has listed him in both readers’ and critics’ polls – in the ‘vibraphone’ and ‘rising star’ categories – over the last five years; and Cloudmakers Trio’s studio album ‘Abstract Forces’ made their 2014 ‘album of the year’ list. He has been the recipient of multiple British jazz awards, the Worshipful Company of Musicians bronze medal and was nominated for ‘musician of the year’ in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Jim is also active in jazz education, holding a post at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and is a visiting tutor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a tutor at the National Jazz Collective Summer School and the Jazzwerkstatt in Sarwellingen, Germany.

Studying music from the age of five, on both piano and drums, Hart was encouraged early on to improvise and compose, as well as being coached in the classical repertoire by his piano teacher. As a developing percussionist, he was involved in orchestral music, becoming a solo percussion finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition – all this whilst studying jazz drum kit and latin percussion with Dave Hassell at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. He then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, quickly becoming immersed in the London jazz scene as a drummer and vibraphonist, and was a founder member of the LOOP Collective.

Now living in Alsace, France, Jim Hart has performed and recorded with many of the world’s most respected jazz musicians including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Sulzmann, Ralph Alessi, Dave Holland, Marius Neset, Lionel Loueke, Daniel Erdmann, Theo Caccaldi, Vincent Courtois, Julien Lourau, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford and Logan Richardson. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and Canada, and continues to appear at major jazz festivals worldwide, including North Sea, Molde, Pori, Trondheim, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Rochester NY, Vancouver, Victoria, Twin Cities, Manchester and London.

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“One of the UK’s most creative new jazz artists.”
– The Guardian

– Financial Times

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

“Hart has developed an impressively individual voice.”
– Jazzwise Magazine

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

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

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Hammer Recordings


Glimpses of Truth

Whirlwind Recordings



Edition Records


What's Not Enough...

Vula Viel Records


Traveling Pulse

Whirlwind Recordings




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