altBilly Hart Quartet U.S. Tour Dates

Quartet to play NYC's Village Vanguard June 3-8

Drum legend Billy Hart and his Quartet are currently on tour in Europe. They will be bringing their incredible sound to the state side starting on June 3rd with a week long run at the Village Vanguard and ending with two nights at The Blue Whale in LA.The tour is in support of his second ECM release One is the Other. Listen to tracks from the the album here.  On this nationwide tour, Hart is backed by his quartet of Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Ethan Iverson on piano and Ben Street on bass.

William “Billy” Hart is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history. Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland.

Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972′s On the Corner).

At age 72, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium. More information can be found at Hart's website here.

June 3-8                    New York, NY                    Village Vanguard

June 13&14               Chicago, IL                        Constellation

June 15                     Minneapolis, MN                 venue tba

June 16                     Santa Cruz, CA                  Kuumbwa

June 17                     Fresno, CA                        Fresno Jazz Festival      

June 18                     Oakland, CA                      Yoshi's

June 19&20               Los Angeles, CA                 Blue Whale
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