"Harry plays with soul, energy, versatility and most importantly – heart. He has an assured future in the business” Rodney Jones, Juilliard;
Harry Bolt is a London based Jazz Pianist and Composer. After studying for 4 years at Trinity Laban Junior, he then distinguished himself at the Senior Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Greenwich, twice receiving their Hamburg Improvisation Award and achieving distinction for the high TCL Level 4 Diploma. He was also a finalist in the 2009 Sibelius “Composer of the Year” competition. Attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Harry was mentored by one of the UK’s most highly regarded pianists of all time, John Taylor. During his third year, Harry became the youngest pianist ever to lead his own trio aboard the Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner, touring the world twice in the summer of 2013.
Upon his return he was selected by the prestigious drummer/composer & bandleader Clark Tracey and to be part of Clark’s main quintet, touring the UK with Clark for three years as well as recording two well-received albums (awarded 5 stars in Jazzwise magazine). Citing stylistic references including Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Jacky Terrasson, Joey DeFrancesco, Bill Charlap, Hubert Muss, Peter Bernstein, Yaron Herman, Fred Hersch & Walt Weiskopf, Harry has also played with leading figures in the contemporary jazz world such as drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist Mark Turner and bassist Dave Holland. He has played at the Trondheim, Herts, Cheltenham, Isle of Wight and Llandudno Jazz Festivals and at jazz clubs across the world such as Jazz club Ferrara - Italy, and debuted in the U.S. at the famous “Smalls” Jazz Club NYC. Harry is also regularly to be heard playing at the Shangri-La at the Shard, the Playboy Club, the Savoy, Simpsons in the Strand, Waldorf and the Four Seasons, amongst many other famous hotels London has to offer.
His More Recent appearances with his own Quartet at the Pizza Express Dean Street (Soho) and the world famous Ronnie Scott’s were both sell-outs, further signifying Harry’s growing profile amongst peers and audiences alike. Whether engaging in the fiercest of hard-bop jousting with rapid fire flights across multiple octaves or putting his stamp on a melodic ballad with measured grace, subtlety & ease, Harry’s versatility is impressive and demonstrates his grasp of jazz music old and new, traditional and Modern/Contemporary. His style is hard to determine as he’s versatile, energetic, subtle, soulful, flairful and full of heart and has the rare ability to adapt & please any audience. He once said “If you surprise yourself, you’re surprising your audience”, and that sentiment really does underpin his mix of traditional and modern, for example with his compositions at once insightful and memorable.
Now also working as an Educator, for all levels of Piano & Jazz including Conservatoire level, Harry released his debut album CD “Piece By Piece” in June 2018, launching it at London’s famous 606 Jazz club with his own Quartet. The Quartet features the constantly innovative Benet McLean on violin, the 2015 Musicians' Company's Young Jazz Musician Award winner Adam King on bass and superstar Mark Mondesir on drums. His coming plans include an extensive UK album tour with his Quartet, so be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming dates - Future plans include a new Quartet album to be recorded 2019!
"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