William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history. Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium. Billy Hart
At the core of all this is Hart’s true love of the instrument. The drummer can talk for hours about the connections between Nasheet Waits and Rashied Ali, how Los Van Van’s Changuito forever changed drumming, and why Mark Mondesir may be the drummer of the future. But clearly, William W. “Jabali” Hart is one of the greatest jazz drummers today, in the here and now.
July 2005 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine