Who is Antonio Hart? A Look at His Life and Work

On Saturday, December 7th, we at CYM have the opportunity to attend a workshop led by a jazz great, Antonio Hart. If you missed our previous post with details of this event for CYM families in coordination with Kente Arts Alliance, check that out here.

For now, you may be wondering just who Antonio Hart is!

When Hart was growing up, music was the one thing that made school interesting for him. He practiced diligently and auditioned for the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts so that he could deepen his music learning and expand his performing abilities. This is where he first started playing jazz. He was interested in the genre because of the people he saw playing it and the fact that he could improvise.

Hart went on to study music at Berklee College of Boston, which is where he really began to focus on jazz. He listened to music, he practiced, and studied as much as he could. He wanted also to have a balance between academia and music, so he became a Music Education major. The courses he took during that time became an inspiration to Hart.

Soon he was developing friendships, and started touring with Roy Hargrove, promoting Hargrove’s first three albums. Ready to study with true masters of jazz, Antonio began work on a masters degree at Queens College in New York. He had the opportunity to study with greats like Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd.

In 1997, Hart earned a Grammy nomination for his release, Here I Stand. In all, he has been a guest artist on over 100 recordings, and has recorded eight CDs as a leader. The latest is titled Blessings and is produced by JLP (Jazz Legacy Productions).

Mr. Hart balances his time on the road and in the recording studio with his full-time professorship at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, NY. His bands are the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band.

Take a listen to a few tracks from Blessings here. And we will see you December 7th for what is sure to be an amazingly informative and inspiring workshop!

This event has been selected for our CYM families to be enjoyed as a benefit of the workshop and activities fee. Register today to provide a memorable experience in your student’s musical journey! 

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