Jazz Percussion Professor Billy Hart Named NEA Jazz Master
July 22, 2021
Billy Hart, the conservatory's longtime associate professor of jazz percussion, was named a 2022 Jazz Master. This is the nation’s highest honor for jazz musicians, bestowed annually by the National Endowment for the Arts. He will be honored at the Jazz Masters Tribute Concert on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
A member of Oberlin's faculty since 2000, Hart has performed on more than 600 recordings. This June he released the album All Things Are (Smoke Sessions Records) alongside pianist Kevin Hays and bassist Ben Street. It was recorded live—for a streaming audience, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic—at New York’s Smoke Jazz & Supper Club in December 2020.
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