Billy Hart

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About Billy Hart

An esteemed drummer and educator, Billy Hart is one of the foremost jazz performers of his generation, capable of balancing propulsive swing with a nuanced sense for group dynamics and improvisational flow. Following his early years backing Shirley Horn and Jimmy Smith in the 1960s, Hart emerged at the forefront of the '70s fusion movement, playing with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, as well as Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, and others. His own albums, like 1977's Enchance and 1985's Oshumare, found him balancing experimental elements with acoustic post-bop traditions. Along with university teaching, Hart continues to tour and record, often leading his quartet as on 2014's One Is the Other and 2017's Find the Way. In 2021, he joined Kevin Hays and Ben Street for the trio album All Things Are.

Washington, D.C.
November 29, 1940

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