Only four years after he first began his musical studies at age 18, Terri Lyne Carrington commented, “…he will be an important voice in the drumming community over the next generation.” Thomas Hartman, a native of New Hampshire, grew from being music illiterate to touring internationally in this short period of time. Some of his most notable teachers from Berklee College of Music include aforementioned Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, George Garzone, and Tiger Okoshi.
Hartman has appeared at Detroit International Jazz Festival, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, the International Trumpet Guild in Alberta (with Tiger Okoshi), CSM Jazz Festival (with Tiger Okoshi in 2008, Chris Vadala in 2009, and in 2010 with Terri Lyne Carrington), and at Boston’s most notable venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, Ryles Jazz Club, Wally’s Jazz Café, Berklee Performance Center, Huntington Theatre, and Acton Jazz Café. He has toured Japan with Rambling Records artist Manami Morita, where he performed at venues such as Shibuya JZ Brat and had the honor to perform in a shrine in Kumamoto. In their upcoming tour in March 2010, they will appear at Billboard Osaka, along many others.
As a dedicated drummer to a variety of style and genre, Thomas Hartman has played on numerous records of ranging personalities. In a review of Colin Cannon’s recent album, In Summary, Ian Patterson stated, “Whether on sticks or brushes, Hartman really earns his crust, coloring the music with pressed rolls, cymbal shots and little touches that add greatly to the music.” Some of his other albums include Randy Runyon’s Animal Zoo, on which he shares record credits with Dennis Chambers, Mike Pope, and Carl Filipiak, and Evan Marien’s Between Worlds, on which he also shares credits with David Fiuczynski.
Consistently seen in the Boston music scene as well as internationally, Thomas Hartman is continuing to make a name for himself as a sought-after sideman, providing strong, rhythmic colors to any musical situation he enters.