"Harry plays with soul, energy, versatility and most importantly – heart. He has an assured future in the business” Rodney Jones, Juilliard;
After graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Greenwich, London, Harry was mentored for 4 years (from 2011) by the late, great John Taylor while at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During his 3rd year summer break, he became the youngest ever Jazz Pianist to lead his own trio aboard the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, touring the world – twice! He gained his BMUS (HONS) Jazz Piano (Performance) in 2015.
Harry came to the attention of famous UK Drummer/Bandleader Clark Tracey in his final year at Birmingham and joined Clark’s prestigious, young Quintet playing the jazz circuit and many festivals in the UK and Europe, for three years. During this time he recorded two albums, both receiving 5-stars in JazzWise Reviews. Citing stylistic references that include Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks and Jacky Terrasson, Harry has also played with leading figures on the contemporary jazz scene such as Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Perico Sambeat.
During the whole of 2016, in addition to his regular work, Harry expanded his talents to become Booking Manager at the newly formed London Jazz venue Park Chinois in Mayfair, playing twice weekly with his own choice of musicians and introducing at least 25 players to the club. In 2017 he became in demand as a Music tutor. He has an ever expanding register of students, currently exceeding 20. In order to find a voice for his ever-growing number of original compositions, Harry formed the “Harry Bolt Quartet” in 2017. He is fortunate to have attracted stand out musicians such as Mark Mondesir (drums) and Benet McLean (violin) to his Quartet. As Juilliard Mentor, talent scout and guitarist Rodney Jones once predicted, Harry has found himself to be a born leader, despite also enjoying his place as sideman to others. The Quartet has already achieved two sell out status gigs at London’s famous Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho (June and November, 2018). The Quartet represented Pizza Express Jazz at the Ealing Jazz Festival in July, 2018. A Ronnie Scott’s Late Set booking also sold out in December, 2017. Harry formed his own label “Selective Records” in 2018 and released his debut album “Piece By Piece” at the prestigious 606 Club, in Chelsea.
Having played for many years at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Wednesday jam, Harry is now proud to be a regular member of the House All Stars Band. Harry recently played as far afield as “Small’s Jazz Club” in New York City and, in advance of a forthcoming tour of the UK, is keen to expand his already solid relationship with many musicians in Europe by playing at Marciac, Cully, Vanves and Nantes Jazz festivals! Future plans also 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