Jim Hart began playing drums and piano at the age of four and soon also took up tuned and orchestral percussion
A founding member of London’s LOOP collective, he is one of the most in-demand musicians on the British scene - both as a soloist and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. He has recorded three albums under his own name with his own bands Gemini and The Jim Hart Quartet. 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. 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 Parliamentary 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 selected to be a participant in 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, Julian Argüelles, Iain Ballamy, Dominic Miller, Shaun Escoffery, The Herbaliser and The Heritage Orchestra.