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John Hart

Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia
June 24, 2024
Marko Marcinko
June 24, 2024
Marko Marcinko
June 24, 2024
Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia
June 24, 2024
John Hart – guitar
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A fairly distinctive modern mainstream guitarist, John Hart has impressed many with his fine recordings as a leader for Blue Note and Concord. As the head of the Jazz Guitar Department at the Frost School of Music, he is a Lecturer in Jazz Guitar, teaches applied lessons, ensembles, and vocal accompaniment. He is one of the most sought-after and prolific guitarists in jazz today. A fixture on the New York music scene for 30 years, he’s distinguished himself as a band leader with ten CDs, as well as a first call sideman. A prolific recording artist, John has appeared on 100-plus CDs as a sideman. John began on the guitar when he was twelve. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1983 and moved to New York City the following year. He was signed with Blue Note records and began a recording career as a band leader in 1990. In 1992, he formed the John Hart quartet which featured Chris Potter. In 2001 he formed the John Hart trio. He has headlined at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Nairn Jazz Festival, the Victoria Jazz Festival, and many of the premier jazz clubs in the U.S.

With a resume that includes associations with numerous jazz greats from earlier generations to contemporary artists, John may be best known for a sixteen-year tenure with organist Jack McDuff, a gig which proved to be a proving ground for many of the great jazz guitar innovators. He has also worked with Jimmy Smith and can be seen on YouTube, Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival in 1990. Other associations include Lou Donaldson, James Moody, Jon Hendricks and more recently Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has played in bands led by Brian Blade, Chris Potter, Larry Goldings, Bob Belden, Rick Margitza, Javon Jackson and has played with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the last 20 years. He has been the guitarist of choice for many of New York City’s great jazz vocalists and has performed and/or recorded with Hilary Kole, Lizz Wright, Philip Bailey, Rene Marie, Deborah Cox, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, and Michael Feinstein, among others. He played in the house band at the legendary Apollo theatre in the 1980’s and did a variety of studio work. He played on soundtracks for HBO’s “Sex in the City,” and made a recent appearance on “Prairie Home Companion” with the popular band Pink Martini. From 2011 – 2014, he was the musical director of the Birdland Jazz Quartet, the house band at the famed jazz club Birdland.

“An alum of the Brother Jack McDuff University of Jazz Guitar, John Hart can burn his way through blues changes on a level that’s right up there with fellow graduates George Benson and Pat Martino.” JazzTimes