Antonio Hart was born on September 30, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied with Andy McGhee at Berklee College of Music, and has a master's degree from Queens College, City University of New York. His initial training was classical, but he switched to jazz in college. He gained recognition for his work with Roy Hargrove.
Hart is currently serving as a full-time professor of jazz studies in Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College City University of New York.
Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalist of his generation. In recent years he has been recognized as an important jazz educator.
In his 20 years as a professional musician he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland.
Hart's study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. Because of the lessons learned at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hart really thought it was important to have a balance between music and academia, so in his sophomore year he became a Music Education Major. He met Roy Hargrove at Berklee. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove's first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording For the First Time.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Hart also worked on a Master's Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Heath produced his second recording Don't You Know I Care.
His 1997 release, Here I Stand on Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for "Best Jazz Instrumental Solo." He has also been a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader. All we Need is on Chiaroscuro Records. After 12 years at Queens College Hart was promoted to Full Professor.
In addition to his performance schedule, Hart also conducts workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
1991: For the First Time (Novus)
1992: Don't You Know That I Care with Gary Bartz
1993: For Cannonball and Woody
1994: Tokyo Sessions with Roy Hargrove (Novus)
1995: It's All Good (Novus)
1996: Here I Stand (Impulse!/GRP)
1996: Alto Summit with Phil Woods, Vincent Herring, Reuben Rogers (Milestone)
2001: Ama Tu Sonrisa (Enja)
2004: All We Need (Downtown Sound)
2015: Blessings (Jazz Legends)