Antonio Hart has led numerous Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours for the Institute. In this role, he travels to cities across the United States with student jazz combos from the nation’s leading public performing arts high schools to share America’s music with thousands of young people and their teachers and families.
Antonio Hart, one of the top alto saxophonists on the scene today, has come a long way since elementary school when he chipped his first reed by carrying it around in his sock. Born and raised in Baltimore, Hart was classically trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and later earned his Master’s degree in Music Composition and Performance at Queens College in New York. While at Berklee, he teamed up with classmate Roy Hargrove with whom he would later tour the world and make a number of critically acclaimed recordings. In 1991, Hart made his debut recording as leader, For the First Time, on RCA/Novus. He has since gone on to perform around the globe and record over 80 albums with such eminent jazz artists as Nat Adderley, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Brown, Cyrus Chestnut, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Dave Holland, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney, McCoy Tyner, and Nancy Wilson. Hart’s 1997 release, Here I Stand, was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Besides being an internationally acclaimed performer and prolific composer, Hart is a renowned educator and enjoys working with up-and-coming young jazz artists. He currently serves as Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.