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Vibraphonist and pianist Kevin Hart and his various bands have been performing quality jazz throughout Illinois since 1993. His groups have performed their classic, contemporary, Latin, and original repertoire at numerous concerts and festivals in the region (see list below). Kevin's CDs Corazon and The Road To Everywhere have also been featured on many radio stations in the region and beyond.

What people have said 
about Kevin's groups:

"The music that Kevin Hart generates is pleasing to the ears of all kinds of listeners. He will present familiar tunes, jazz standards and some of his original music that will strike a chord with everyone."

-Dick Marsho, president, Central Illinois Jazz Society.


Kevin Hart & The Vibe Tribe is a ‘must see’ on the Connie Link Amphitheatre stage each summer.  The unique sound the group has as well as the guest performers on hand is always welcomed by a good sized audience.  When Kevin and his group are performing, the Connie Link Amphitheatre becomes a definite ‘resting point’ for users of the Constitution Trail.

-Colette S. Farner, Recreation Supervisor, Normal Parks & Recreation Department.


"I have found Kevin Hart’s group to be very accommodating in providing the entertainment type and quality we desire.  The musicianship is outstanding and ranks on par with elite players.  Kevin is very sensible about volume and frequently seeks opinions of his listeners to assure desired levels.  We continue to look forward to working with Kevin and his talented crew." 

-John W. Deffner , Vice President & Trust Officer, Private Client Group.


"The City of Peoria, Illinois has had the pleasure of booking Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe two years in a row to perform during the Annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards Banquet. Kevin and the band are prompt, set up quickly, respond affirmatively and promptly to logistic and audio requests, AND WOW!, the band plays great jazz! Book 'em Danno!" 

-Steve Fairbanks, Community Development Specialist, City of Peoria.


"We hired Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe for a retirement party.  We were looking for a quality acoustic band that wouldn't blast us out.  These guys exceeded our expectations.  Great sound!  Totally classy.  We received multiple compliments from our guests.  Prior to the event all communications were professional & addressed in a timely fashion." 
-Melinda & Dale Egeberg

Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe

Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe with David Hoffman

Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe is a lively instrumental jazz group with a history of performing at concerts, festivals, outdoor events, and music venues throughout the Midwest. This 4-6 piece group can easily provide soft easy-listening jazz for various indoor events as well. The smooth sounds of vibes, piano, bass, and drums is often augmented with horn, congas, or guitar. The group's repertoire combines Latin, classic standards, fusion, movie/TV themes, contemporary, and original material.

Audio and video are available on this site:
music & cds    video

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Kevin Hart Trio

Kevin Hart Trio with Andy Crawford and Donovan Hill

The Kevin Hart Trio features the sounds of piano, bass, and drums, and is ideal for soft, easy-listening background music, and a smaller budget. The trio plays classic standards, recognizable pop tunes from many eras, movie/TV themes, and is a perfect choice for events and restaurants needing a jazzy background atmosphere. (Duo and solo performances are also possible).

Trio Audio Clips:
Cedar's Blues, And I Love Her, Moonglow

Kevin Hart on piano, Tim Brickner on bass, and Jeff Magby on drums. Live outdoor performance in Springfield, IL.

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Where have you heard one of Kevin's groups 
in the past?

WGLT Summer Concert
Sounds of the Normal Amphitheater Concert Series
Miller Park Music Under the Stars Concert Series
GLT Night at Illinois Shakespeare Festival
ISU Concert on the Quad
Hot August Nights/Taste of Bloomington
Trailside Farmer's Market
Baxter's American Grille
Jazz UpFront
Swinger's Grille
Boo Boo's Dawghouse
Central Station Cafe/Station 220
Avenue 9
Cosi (duo)
Fat Jack's
Bloomington Pub Crawl
Jumer's Sunday Jazz

CEFCU Stage Concert Series
Broadway Lounge
Contemporary Arts Center of Peoria
Central Illinois Jazz Society Concert
Shoppes of Grand Prairie
Rhapsody in Bloom
Rhythm Kitchen
Peoria Jazz Heritage Festival
Universalist Unitarian Church
Taste of Peoria

Washington Street Jazz and Blues Fest
Lincoln Memorial Gardens Indian Summer Fest
Market Gables
First Night
Norb Andy's
Limestreet Cafe
Top of the Hilton

Krannert Uncorked
Iron Post
Baxter's American Grille
Urbana Free Library
Champaign Public Library
Sounds of Summer
Taste of Champaign
Krannert Summer Swing
Courtyard Cafe, UI
Blind Pig

Chicago Area
Pete Miller's Steakhouse
South Shore Jazz Fest
Viva Chicago (Quinteto Corazon)
Green Dolphin Street

2011 Iowa City Jazz Festival
Wine, Art, & Jazz Festival in Manito

Venue Art and Wine in Washington
Willet's Winery in Manito (solo piano)
Carl Sandburg Concert Series in Galesburg
Rootabega Jazz Festival in Galesburg