Billy Hart Celebrates 70th Birthday Behind The Kit

Drummers sure know how to celebrate birthdays – by playing drums, what else? That’s precisely what Billy Hart intends to do on the occasion of his 70th this coming Sunday, November 28, when the former sideman with such jazz legends as Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock appears at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Hart actually kicks off a three-night run tomorrow night with his quartet, which also features saxophonist Mark Turner, pianist Ethan Iverson, and bassist Ben Street. They will play two shows a night, at 8:30 and 10:30, so tickets could still be available for the birthday bash. You don’t want to miss cake, after all.