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Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalists of his generation. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Hart began his music studies with classical training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. His study of Jazz began at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where in his sophomore year he became a Music Education Major. Afterwards, Hart also worked on a Master's Degree at Queens College, majoring in music, composition and performance. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. After 12 years at Queens College Hart was promoted to Full Professor.

He made many friends during his studies at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove with which he spent three years touring the world and recording several records that gained wide recognition.

In his 20 years as a professional musician he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats from Nat Adderley (his brother), Dizzy Gillespie, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cyrus Chestnut, Jimmy Heath, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney, McCoy Tyner and Nancy Wilson. He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader.

His 1997 release, 'Here I Stand' Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo'. Other than being an award-winning international soloist and composer, Hart is also a well known and appreciated educator who enjoys working with young and promising Jazz artists. Hart is currently a full-time professor of saxophone and jazz studies in the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York. He also maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Ziv Ben, the artistic director of the Hot Jazz series: "I chose to bring Antonio because he has the ability to play almost anything, but the influences of hard bop are evident as he plays music. He has an incredible expressional and instrumental capability. I really love his sound and his attitude towards the instrument. He really has a classical approach to jazz. You can hear this is a musician whose notes aren't played offhand but after they went through deep thought and emotion".

This is the third show in the 2016-2017 "Hot Jazz" series.

For further information: 03-5733001 (Israel), and tickets: 1700-500039.

Performing in the show:

Antonio Hart - Saxophone (USA)
Wayne Tucker - Trumpet (USA)
Hila Kulik - Piano (USA/Israel)
Tamir Shmerling - Bass
Shay Zelman - Drums

Performances schedule:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Zappa Herzliya, 20:15 (show starts at 22:00)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Einan Theater, Modiin, Azrieli Mall, 21:00
Tickets at: 08-9737333.

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 21:00
Friday, January 6, 2017, 21:30
Recanati Auditorium, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Tickets at: 03-5733001.

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 21:00
Abba Hushi Center for Culture and Society, Haifa.
Tickets at: 04-8227850.

A special children's show as a part of the "Hot Jazz for Children" series: "Cannonball's Gold Saxophone" hosted by Arik Livnat will be held on Saturday, January 7 2017, 11:00, at Recanati Auditorium, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tickets: 03-5733001, line 1.

Photo Credit: Patrick Hillaire

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