Clyde Hart (pianist)

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Clyde Hart (1910 – March 19, 1945) was an American jazz pianist and arranger.[1] He was an important figure in the transition from swing to bebop.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Hart was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1910.[2] He started his career as a professional jazz pianist in 1929 when he joined Gene Coy's ensemble. He was also part of Jap Allen's band from 1929 to 1931.[3] Hart played piano in Blanche Calloway's big band from 1931 to 1935 and was based in New York City from 1936.[1]

In the late 1930s, he played with Lionel Hampton and Chu Berry. In the first half of the 1940s he played with John Kirby, Roy Eldridge and Hot Lips Page, among others. In the last few months of his life, Hart performed with some of the most important figures of the bebop era, such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Don Byas, and led recording three sessions.[2] He died of tuberculosis in New York City in March 1945, at the age of 35.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Ian Carr; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (19 July 2004). Rough Guide to Jazz 3. Rough Guides. pp. 3–. ISBN 978-1-84353-256-9. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Clyde Hart - Biography". AllMusic. Rovi. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Scott Yanow (2003). Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years. Backbeat Books. pp. 261–. ISBN 978-0-87930-755-4. Retrieved 21 February 2013.

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