Bio


Harry Bolt


Harry is a London based jazz pianist and composer. Classically trained in piano at Trinity College of Music - Greenwich, his passion for jazz developed in late teens. After being awarded the Hamburg award for Improvisation two years running, he was offered a full scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire. During his third year he became the youngest pianist ever to lead his own trio aboard the Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner, in the summer of 2013.
On return, Harry was invited to join the prestigious Clark Tracey Quintet, which showcases the brightest new talents on the UK jazz scene. Together they recorded the CD “Meantime” in 2014, followed by a UK tour, which continues and includes regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, 606 jazz club, the Vortex and Pizza Express Dean Street, in addition to the Herts, Cheltenham, Isle of Wight and Llandudno Jazz Festivals and more.
Harry plays from the heart with versatility, energy and with subtle, soulful flair.
He transitions seamlessly from bop to early stride, ingeniously combining the traditional with the contemporary. As he says “If you surprise yourself, you invariably surprise your audience!” Expect the Unexpected – from an artist who takes inspiration from the likes of Oscar Peterson, Jacky Terrasson, Brad Mehldau, Robert Glasper, Joey DeFrancesco, Wynton Kelly, Larry Goldings, John Taylor, Kit Downes, Herbert Nuss, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benet Mclean, Aaron Parks, Alan Pasqua, Peter Bernstein and Pablo Held.
His composition work has found him as runner up in the Sibelius Jazz Composer of the year and his soon-to-be-released debut album will be an opportunity for him to showcase his impactful music.
The Harry Bolt Trio is much in demand as is Harry as a solo pianist/accompanist appearing regularly at London Venues such as the Waldorf, Savoy, Pizza Express Pheasantry, Wembley Stadium Bobby Moore Club, Simpsons in the Strand and the Playboy Club as well as the Blue Piano and Bar Epernay in Birmingham. He has the innate ability to always deliver exactly the music his audience hoped for.

After returning in summer 2015 from another Succsuful world tour with his Trio on the Queen Mary 2,
Harry now continues to tour the UK with the Clark Tracey Quintet to mark the release of thier Second album 'Jubliation'. Along side many other frequent appearences at all the london venues with his own Bands.

Harry's highly Antisipated debut album Piece by Piece will be Released with the additon of a UK tour late 2016!

Press

"I first heard Harry a few years ago, but when I heard him again his playing just knocked me out, so he joined us ... "
Clark Tracey - Jazzwise

"Harry Bolt, back from leading the band on the Queen Mary 2 notably makes his mark, nodding in the composer's direction but remains his own man"
Jazzwise review of MEANTIME CD

"The talented young rhythm section of Harry Bolt"
606 - 606 Guide

"emerging young talent ... pianist Harry Bolt, the youngest member of the quintet at just twenty two, gets in fine solos as well as being the glue that holds the fabric of this invigorating music together"
Nick Lea - Jazz Weekly


…Harry plays with soul, energy, versatility and most importantly heart and has an assured future in the business ...
— Rodney Jones, Juilliard
…His playing of Brad Meldhau’s When it Rains gave me chills…
— Walt Weiskopf (sax)
…Harry changes it up, playing with dynamics which is a rare thing in jazz …
— Arnie Somogyi, Bass
Finding young guys who can play this music is becoming much easier, but finding young guys who can understand this music in addition is always more of a challenge. I believe I’ve found what I’m looking for.
— Clark Tracey (Drums)
… Truly amazing Harry Bolt …
— Mike Winn of The Real Enjoyment of Jazz (Radio)
He’s rad.
— George Colligan