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Kevin Hart Jazz Jun 23, 2019
Unfortunately, the Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe concert at Connie Link Amphitheatre for today (6/23) has been cancelled due to uncertain weather. If rescheduled, I will be sure to let you know. Have a good afternoon.
Kevin Hart Jazz Jun 21, 2019
Holy Cow! What a stellar and diverse lineup! Check it out if you have about 3 minutes.
Kevin Hart Jazz May 29, 2019
So, we were in the middle of jamming on "Mambo Inn," and Larry Gray's bass suddenly exploded! After looking back to see a mangled mess of bass strings and parts, I wondered how he would react. I also wondered how every bass player I've ever played with would react. Mike Nellas immediately took over the bass lines on his guitar, Larry laid his destroyed bass down on the floor, and ran over to the piano to finish the song, and the rest of the gig! All for the sake of art!
Kevin Hart Jazz May 24, 2019
More good news - my cover of Axel F was just added to this popular playlist of instrumental pop covers! Check it out when you get a chance. If you are open to a variety of styes and instrumentation, you'll love it! #NowPlaying
Kevin Hart Jazz May 20, 2019
Enjoyed the sounds of The Perrilles Project today! It was a beautiful afternoon for live music at the Connie Link Amphitheatre. Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe will be there on June 23, so mark your calendars!
Kevin Hart Jazz May 15, 2019
Good news! Years ago, I concluded my jazz CD with a light rock/smooth jazz style original called Wondering Who You Are, featuring the late great Donnie Heitler on piano. Today, that song began a new life on a wonderful Spotify playlist with over 103,000 followers!
Kevin Hart Jazz May 07, 2019
Classic jazz (instrumental & vocal) with a touch of local flavor! Enjoy, and please follow. #NowPlaying
Kevin Hart Jazz Apr 26, 2019
And how we keep our feet warm too. 😄 (Thanks to my piano-playing sis for this one.)
Kevin Hart Jazz Apr 23, 2019
RIP Dave Samuels. Like many, I first heard of him through his work with Spyro Gyra. His most significant impact on me, though, was when I was a student at EIU. He and his trio (with Danny Gottlieb and Rusty Holloway) spent a day on campus making great music and answering questions. I had never heard a trio with that instrumentation before, and they were really outstanding. Years later, I heard him again with another great group - Carribean Jazz Project. Dave will be missed.
Kevin Hart Jazz Apr 21, 2019
It was a pleasure to hear Doug Stone and his superb quartet at ISU this past Thursday evening! Doug is an old friend to many of us in Central Illinois, and we happen to appear together on three albums: David Hoffman's "Groovin'," "The David Hoffman Sextet Live," and Tom Marko's "Inner Light." All are wonderful recordings, are easily found on the web, and feature many fine musicians from this area.
Kevin Hart Jazz Apr 05, 2019
If you have become a Facebook fan recently, then I wanted to say thank you for your interest and support! In case you didn't know, you can check out and follow my music on Spotify. Have a great weekend! #NowPlaying
Kevin Hart Jazz Feb 15, 2019
The old days! It's funny, but I never really liked piano lessons back then, but my mom insisted that I take them. I'll have to admit, piano was a bit tedious for a kid who really just wanted to play the drums. But when I finally stopped the lessons, no one could keep me away from the instrument! Thanks, Mom!
Kevin Hart Jazz Jan 30, 2019
Sometimes one vibraphone is just not enough! From a recent performance at the Urbana Free Library. Joey Glassman and Kevin Hart (vibraphones), Crystal Rebone (bass), and James Sims (drums).
Kevin Hart Jazz Jan 22, 2019
I had a great time at the awesome Urbana Free Library yesterday playing with fellow vibraphonist Joey Glassman and his trio, with Crystal Rebone and James Russell Sims. They are all wonderful musicians, and are studying at the University of Illinois.
Kevin Hart Jazz Dec 28, 2018
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Kevin Hart Jazz Dec 24, 2018
"Christmas Time Is Here" from a recent trio gig with Tom Marko on drums, Crystal Rebone on bass, and Kevin Hart on piano. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Kevin Hart Jazz Dec 17, 2018
Spreading some holiday cheer last night! (Kevin Hart Trio with Steve Jackson and Cory Flanigan).
Kevin Hart Jazz Sep 30, 2018
Nice gathering of folks at Baxter's in Champaign on Thursday - thanks for coming out! Kristen Johns caught us jamming on Jeff Lorber's Toad's Place, and posted it on Champaign Underground Video. We hope you enjoy it, and that you will become a fan of her wonderful page. The trio will be back there on Nov.1, and at Peoria's Rhythm Kitchen on Nov. 30. See you soon!
Kevin Hart Jazz Sep 09, 2018
A nice memory from the 2011 Iowa City Jazz Festival! Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe with David Hoffman, along with Adam Wilhelm, Andy Crawford, and Tom Marko! This performance (which has good quality audio), as well as a separate interview, are featured on the website The site features many unique performances and interviews from artists such as David Sanborn, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hunter, etc., as well as a few of us artists from the region. Check it out!
Kevin Hart Jazz Jul 25, 2018
We had a wonderful time playing at the Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Fest over the weekend! Come see us next at Connie Link Amphitheatre in Normal on Sunday September 16, 4-6pm. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic lunch, and enjoy the sounds!
Kevin Hart Jazz Jul 14, 2018
We are excited once again to be filling the streets with music at the Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Festival on Saturday (7/21)! Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe plays 4-6:30pm, and the Brazilionaires play 7-10pm.
Kevin Hart Jazz Jun 17, 2018
We had a great time in Springfield last Friday. Robbie's and the Springfield Arts Council rock! Wonderful guys to play with, and what a special treat to also have old friend Jason Brewer sitting in on trumpet! (Photo by Deanna Brewer). See you next on July 12 at the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Stage. The concert starts at 7pm, and is FREE!
Kevin Hart Jazz Apr 25, 2018
It's nice to see one of my tracks (You're the Berries) on this eclectic playlist! The guitarist on my track is the awesome multi-instrumentalist, Mike Nellas. I see tracks from other artists from my region on here as well. Check it out, and follow! #NowPlaying
Kevin Hart Jazz Apr 15, 2018
Playing background music can really be a lot of fun, especially with these guys! (Kevin Hart, Steve Jackson, Cory Flanigan, and Mike Nellas).
Kevin Hart Jazz Mar 16, 2018
Just a reminder that we will be kicking off a jazz concert series at the Bloomington Public Library on Wednesday March 21, 6:30pm. Joining me is George Turner (guitar), Andy Crawford (bass), and Tom Marko (drums). The event is free!