Billy Hart: A 40-Year Retrospective - Billy Hart will be honored at the 2016 Healdsburg Jazz Festival on June 4 and 5, 2016. This two-day event will feature performances by Quest and the Billy Hart Quartet along with bands inspired by Billy's albums Enchance and Ocean's of Time formed specially for the event. See the Healdsburg Jazz Festival website for more information about the event and specific information about Saturday and Sunday.
In preparation for the festival, Billy is coming to Healdsburg on April 22 and 23 for The Many Facets of Billy Hart where he will present a musical history, an overview of his many drumming styles, and discuss his evolution as a band leader through conversations and recordings.
Lifetime Achievement Award: The DC Jazz Festival honored Billy Hart with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Billy Hart was voted #1 Jazz Drummer in the 2015 Modern Drummer Reader's Poll.
Grammy Nomination: The album Enjoy the View with Billy Hart, Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, and Joey DeFrancesco was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. As part of the pre-televised ceremony Billy performed in an all-star group with Joe Lovano, Robert Glasper, and Nathan East.
The Jazz Journalist’s Association named Billy Hart “Traps Drummer of the Year” for 2013. You can read more about the award here. Congrats, Billy!