James Hurt

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James Maurice Hurt Jr is an American jazz pianist.

Early life[edit]

Hurt had early training as a drummer.[1]


Hurt was a member of Sherman Irby's quartet that played regularly at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City in the late 1990s.[2] Gregory Tardy wrote a song after him, entitled "Mr. Hurt";[3] the pair played with Rashied Ali in 1999.[4]

In the 1990s, Hurt played on albums with Antonio Hart (Here I Stand),[5] Abbey Lincoln (Wholly Earth), and Russell Gunn.[6]

His own first album was Dark Grooves – Mystical Rhythms on Blue Note Records in 1999.[7][8] In a review of the album, James Lien of CMJ New Music Report called Hurt "one of the more adventurous young pianists to recently emerge on the New York scene."[9] Calvin Wilson of The Kansas City Star described the album as "at once boldly experimental and totally accessible."[10]

James has played with Elizabeth Kontomanou,[11] Graham Haynes,[12] DJ Logic,[13] and composer, percussionist, and conductor Adam Rudolph (as a percussionist),[14]

Hurt has made guest appearances with Donald Edwards,[15] Stacy Dillard,[15] and Rudresh Mahanthappa.[16]

Hurt has been a piano tutor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.[17]


As leader

  • Dark Grooves, Mystical Rhythms (Blue Note, 1999)

As sideman


  1. ^ Watrous, Peter (September 26, 1996). "Individuality in a Pianist Trained as a Drummer". New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Artists-Sherman Irby".
  3. ^ "Gregory Tardy:The Hidden Light".
  4. ^ "At The Vision Vision".
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "James Hurt: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Anne Legrand, James Hurt, le vampire de New York, Citizen Jazz, March 19, 2011
  7. ^ Santella, Jim (September 1, 1999). "James Hurt: Dark Grooves – Mystical Rhythms". All About Jazz. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Loewy, Steve. "Dark Grooves – Mystical Rhythms: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  9. ^ Lien, James (September 6, 1999). "Jazz Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. 59 (634): 33. ISSN 0890-0795.
  10. ^ Wilson, Calvin (September 8, 1999). "Experiments gone aright: Imagination and daring are highlighted on three new CDs". The Kansas City Star. p. F6.
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Kontomanou".
  12. ^ "Bitches Brew Revisited".
  13. ^ "Project Logic, The Blue Note".
  14. ^ "Adam Rudolph:Seeking The Creative Soul".
  15. ^ a b "Stacy Dillard:One & Tarbaby".
  16. ^ "Rudresh Mahanthappa".
  17. ^ "Private Instrumental Instruction Faculty | the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.

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