Hart, Antonio

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Hart, Antonio

Hart, Antonio, American alto saxophonist; b. Baltimore, Md., 1969. He is one of the most exciting young alto saxophonists working in the post-bop tradition. He draws heavily from Gary Bartz and Cannonball Adderley, though he has also listened closely to Johnny Hodges, and is increasingly coming into his own sound. He studied classical saxophone for four years at the Baltimore School of the Arts yet did not begin playing jazz until his late teens, just before moving to Boston to study at Berklee. After graduating, he moved to N.Y. in 1990 and hooked up with his Berklee classmate trumpeter Roy Hargrove, with whom he toured extensively and recorded a number of fine albums. He has recorded four albums on Novus and appeared as a sideman on sessions with a wide array of musicians, including Phil Woods, Vincent Herring, Freddie Cole, Nat Adderley, Cecil Bridgewater, Monty Alexander, and Robin Eu-banks.


For the First Time (1991); Don’t You Know I Care (1992); The Vibe (1992); For Cannonball & Woody (1993); Mental Images (1994); It’s All Good (1995).

—Andrew Gilbert