Jim Hart was born in Cornwall, and began learning piano and percussion at the age of four. In 1994 he went to Manchester to study at Chetham’s School of Music, then moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music where he began to focus mainly on playing jazz, both on drums and piano. On leaving the Guildhall, Jim became the drummer for NYJO and stayed with them for three years. During this time he also developed as a vibes player. Jim was the winner of a 2007 British Jazz award, the 2006 British Jazz award for 'Rising star' and the 2006 Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz medal. "His vibes playing is a revelation" - Alyn Shipton, The Times." Hart has developed an impressively individual voice, using a four mallet technique that allows him to switch between pointed chords and mellifluous runs with ease" - Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise.