About William Hart
Get to know William Hart
Rising guitarist, educator, and composer Bill Hart is a true icon and sensation when it comes to the Funk, Jazz and World musical genres. Having fortified himself as a formidable guitarist, composer, recording artist, and educator, the multi-talented artist boasts a string of stunning singles to his name. Having released six memorable CDs being at the helm of the famed Bill Hart Band, Bill Hart has continued to flourish as a guitar instructor. His music book, ‘Solo Jazz Guitar: The Complete Chord Melody Method’, issued by Hal Leonard in 1999 and reissued in 2007, is part of his stirring musical legacy, forming a tutorial for aspiring guitarists.
Born in Niagara Falls, Canada on January 13th, 1964, the seasoned musician moved with his family to Jacksonville, Florida early on, and pursued Music Studies at Jacksonville University. Apart from dispensing key lessons to rising musical prodigies, Bill Hart has also put out six critically acclaimed instrumental jazz-fusion albums, imbuing listeners with a strong and stirring vibe. The band released a live concert DVD in 2005, titled ‘Think About It’, which showcases the sheer brilliance of Bill Hart’s guitar and song writing. He is complemented by other talented band members, such as veteran percussionist Ahsa Ahla, drummer, Yakou N'GUESSAN from Ivory Coast Africa, bass player Fasil Wubhib from Ethiopia Africa, Andre Manga from Cameroon Africa who stuns with his bass playing and piccolo bass, and Madoca Kawahara from Japan who plays the piano and keys for the Bill Hart Band. On his independent album titled ‘Subject to Change’, Bill Hart recorded two singles, with his iconic mentor of 30 years- Mike Stern, the formidable guitarist for Miles Davis’ band.
An authentic and professional force in the musicscape, the Bill Hart Band has continued to soar as a world class touring act, with members from Canada, Africa, and South America and Japan. Describing themselves as more “Funk Fusion” and less “Jazz”, Bill Hart believes the band’s music offers a refreshing and eclectic mix for listeners. Currently, already working to release their seventh CD, the group is psyched and ready to meld and marry Rock, Funk, Blues, African and Latin styles, harmonies of Jazz, fully encapsulating each member’s unique characteristics.
The Bill Hart Band hopes to continue work on their seventh studio album aptly titled ‘Seven Seas’, while also looking forward to performing on tours and live shows on the road, recording original and independent musical compositions, and continuing their inspiring musical journey.