UPDATE: Jim Hart has been nominated for musician of the year in this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards, one of the most prestigious set of jazz awards on the UK jazz calendar.
Jim Hart is one of the hottest young musicians on the U.K. jazz scene. His impressive skills are matched by a level of experience and maturity that belie his age. His musicianship elicited this praise from vibes heavyweight Joe Locke: “Some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time. Definitely the best vibes playing I’ve heard in a long time.”
An alumnus of Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he was awarded the John Dankworth “Most Promising Musician” award in the BBC Big Band of the Year competition for his drumming, and his skill as a vibraphonist earned him the British Jazz Award for “Rising Star” in 2006, and for miscellaneous instrument (vibes) in 2007.