Antonio Hart, saxophone

MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence
10/14 – 10/19, 2013

Antonio Hart’s visit took him from the classroom to the stage, and to public schools in East Lansing then stretching west to Holland and east to Detroit. This internationally acclaimed saxophonist, composer, and educator worked with the Jazz Studies program ranging from individual instruction with students to group clinics with ensembles. Hart also worked with high school and middle school jazz students and took time to talk with band directors at the schools about ways to better engage with students and grow support within their communities. The tour also included performances with Jazz Orchestra I and a final performance at the MSU Union Ballroom.

Hart, who is considered one of the top alto saxophonists in jazz today, has performed worldwide and recorded more than 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. He is currently a professor of jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York.

“Without this grant and program, there is very little chance for our students and school community to afford to have such an amazing experience. This was by far the highlight of my 12+ years of teaching. And additionally, the master class was second to none!” 
– Greg Wells, director, Northview High School Bands