Jim Hart began playing piano and drums at the age of four. By the time he was eleven he was playing both instruments in the Tamar youth jazz orchestra as well as playing percussion in the Cornwall youth wind orchestra and the C.Y. percussion ensemble.
At sixteen he went to Chetham's school of music for his A-levels where he studied with Dave Hassell and Steve Berry. During this time he was a percussion finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition and won the John Dankworth award for most promising musician in the BBC Big Band competition. After Chetham's he studied at the Guildhall in London after which he became the drummer for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the vibes player with Martin Drew's Jazz Couriers.
He has been an assistant tutor at Wavendon, has assisted Scott Stroman in primary school workshops and did regular workshops around the country with NYJO. Jim is currently working for the Guildhall's Connect project.