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.
A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he also received the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal in 2006. He was also selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009.
He has also played with Phil Woods, Clarence Penn, Jonathan Blake, Walter Smith III, Franco Ambrosetti, Julien Arguelles, Iain Ballamy, Dominic Miller, Shaun Escoffery, The Herbaliser and The Heritage Orchestra, to name a few.
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
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“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