Double-degreed, Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist
Antonio Hart has certainly come a long way
since elementary school, when he chipped hisvery first reed
by carrying it around in his sock.
Born on Sept. 30, 1968, in Baltimore, Hart decided when he
was young that he wanted to play alto sax,
and he took lessons until music was cut at his high school. A
friend got him an audition at the
Baltimore School of Arts, and he was accepted. At first only
classically trained, Hart did not become
interested in jazz until right before college.
He studied jazz and education at the Berkelee College of
Music, and upon graduation promptly teamed
up with classmate Roy Hargrove to tour and record for