Jazz drummer Billy Hart, now in his 80s, was just named a 2022 NEA Jazz Master. The Montclair, NJ resident performs with his own quartet and with the Cookers, long-time colleagues seen here at the legendary jazz club, Birdland. According to pianist Ethan Iverson, Hart is the most recorded jazz drummer of all time, included on albums by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Shirley Horn.

Produced by Eric Schultz for State of the Arts.