Hart, Jim

UK Percussionist


Jim Hart is one of the most in demand musicians on the European jazz scene as a soloist and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. Now living in Alsace, France, Jim was resident in London from 1996 – 2014. After studying at Chetham's School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jim first started making a name for himself in the UK as the drummer for NYJO and on vibes with Martin Drew's New Jazz Couriers, Gwilym Simcock's Elftet and the Christian Brewer Quintet. He has become a very established musician on the British Jazz scene playing in the groups of Stan Sulzmann, Sir John Dankworth and Cleo Laine and Alan Barnes and worked with the likes of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Julian Arguelles, Mike Walker, Liane Caroll and Peter King to name a few. He is a five-time recipient of a British Jazz award.

He started his own group Gemini in 2003 with whom he went on to become a founder member of London’s LOOP collective. He has recored five albums under his own name with his bands Gemini,  The Jim Hart Quartet and his current project The Cloudmakers Trio.

As well as being a bandleader he also plays regularly with Marius Nesest (vbs), in Julien Lourau's Electric Biddle (drs), the Ivo Neame Quintet/Octet (vbs), Stan Sulzmann's Neon Quartet (vbs) and Daniel Erdmann's Velet Revolution with Théo Caccadi.

Outside of the jazz world his drumming has kept him busy with a number of projects including Sister Mary and the Choirboys and he has been involved in several projects exploring music of West and North African Origin including Dan Nichols' Point X, Bex Burch's Vula Viel, Fofoulah and Electric Jalaba.

Jim has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi with whom Cloudmakers Trio recorded their first album 'Live at the Piazza Exxpress', Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson and Richie Barshay and in 2010 he was a special guest with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra as part of their London residency with the Barbican centre. A multiple winner of a British Jazz Awards, Jim has been regularly nominated in the prestigious Downbeat readers and critics polls in the vibraphone and rising star categories and he was nominated for Musician of the Year in the 2011 Parlimentary jazz awards. He has also been a recipient of the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal.

As well as his busy performance schedule, Jim is also very active in education. He holds a post at the Royal Academy of Music and has led masterclasses and been a visiting tutor at Trinty Laban Conservatoire, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, Chetham's School of Music, The Purcell School and Well's Cathederal School. He is also a tutor on the National Youth Jazz Collective summer school.

Jim is a Mike Balter artist and plays exclusively Mike Balter vibraphone and Marimba mallets.