Billy Hart Celebrates 70th Birthday at Iridium in NYC

Drummer will turn 70 during gig with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

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Dragan Tasic

Billy Hart

Drummer Billy Hart turns 70 on November 29, and as luck would have it, he will be on the bandstand as his birthday begins. Hart is performing with his quartet (Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street) at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28, with shows at 8:30 and 10:30 pm each night.

Iverson said in an e-mail to JT that the band is planning an informal celebration with cake and well wishes around midnight after the second set Sunday night, just as November 29 arrives. “Billy is not only one of the great drummers,” said Iverson, “but leaves sunshine wherever he goes.”