He was in the drum chair with NYJO from 2001 to 2004
A founder member of London’s Loop Collective, he is one of the most in demand musicians on the British scene 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 and his 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, including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson and Richie Barshay, and he was a special guest with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra as part of their London residency at the Barbican centre.
A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Jim also received the Worshipful Company of Musicians Bronze medal in 2006. He was selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009 and was nominated for Musician of the Year in the 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.