Originally form Cornwall, Jim Hart began playing piano and drums aged four and soon extended 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 has recored three albums under his own name with his own bands Gemini and The Jim Hart Quartet and his other major projects include The Cloudmakers Trio, Stan Sulzmann's Neon Quartet, The Liquorice Allsorts with Alan Barnes and Paul Clarvis and the Ivo Neame Quartet. Jim can often be found as a guest with other Loop collective bands such as Phronesis (on drums) and Fringe Magnetic (on vibes).
Jim has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson 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.
Jim was nominated for musician of the year in the 2011 Parlimentary jazz awards. 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.
“one of the UK's most creative new jazz artists.” – The Guardian
“Outstanding” – Financial Times
“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
“Definitely the best vibes playing I've heard in a long time.” – Joe Locke
Cloudmakers Trio plays original music by Jim that lies somewhere between New York's 'downtown' sound and the modern European tradition. It features his regular sparring partner Dave Smith on drums, and US born, London resident Michael Janisch on bass. Together these three have played in many different outfits and projects most notably collaborating with New York trumpeter Ralph Alessi for a highly acclaimed UK tour last summer.
“the cream of London’s first call rhythm section players” - Jazzwise