Saxophonist, educator and composer Harvey E.A. Lockhart has been involved with the arts since birth via his artistic family. Lockhart’s music career officially began in the summer of 1993 when he was introduced to the saxophone by jazz trumpeter Melton Mustafa at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City, Miami, Florida. During his career, Lockhart has had the opportunity to work with and share the stage with many great artists such as Melton Mustafa, Wycliffe Gordon, Darryl Reeves, Russell Gunn, Lewis Nash, Carl Allen, John Fedchock, Benny Golson, Lew Soloff, Curtis Fuller, Louie Bellson, Byron Stripling, Reggie Thomas, and Marilyn Maye to name a few. Lockhart performs throughout St. Louis and the region with his quartet and the Jazz St. Louis Big Band.
As an educator, Harvey has been passionate about teaching, performance and mentoring since 2000 in both the public and private sectors. For nine years (2010-2019), Lockhart dedicated himself to the Riverview Gardens school district as its High School band director and Performing Arts Coordinator for Secondary Education. As Band Director at Riverview Gardens High School, he rebuilt one of the best music programs in North St. Louis by revitalizing the band program from 10 students to 60, re-establishing concert, marching and jazz bands and built an inventory of over 80 new and used instruments.
Harvey is the Founder, Executive and Artistic Director for HEAL Center for the Arts. HEAL Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and multi-disciplinary center of music, arts learning, and performance for St. Louis’ urban communities. The Center provides arts education programs after school and during school vacations to middle and high school students and fosters a rich, and diverse cultural perspective of the arts. HEAL Center for the Arts is incubated by the Kranzbergh Arts Foundation. Click Here to learn more.
Harvey is also the Founder and Director of the Sheldon Concert Hall's "North County Big Band." This collaborative big band is made up of 20 of the most talented and dedicated students from several St. Louis, MO. area high schools, including Riverview Gardens, Normandy, Ferguson Florissant, Central Visual and Performing Arts Center, Hazelwood and University City.
Recognizing that his students should work with and learn from professional musicians directly, Lockhart has formed partnerships with St. Louis arts organizations including Jazz St. Louis, the Sheldon Arts Foundation and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra offering his students the opportunity to attend concerts, and perform and work with jazz artists such as Ron Carter, Victor Goines, Ali Jackson, Sherman Irby, Kenny Rampton, Tia Fuller, Walter Blanding, Peter Martin, Vincent Gardner among many others, as well as Symphony members such as Principal Trombonist Timothy Myers, Associate Principal Clarinetist Diana Haskell and Associate Principal Flutist Andrea Kaplan.
Harvey Lockhart has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida A&M University, and a Masters of Music degree in music performance with emphasis in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. He is also a research author for the Second Edition of the text Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz by Ronald Carter via GIA Publications. In January of 2017, Lockhart received the St. Louis Arts Educator of the Year Award from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. He is also a 2019 Artist Fellow through the Regional Arts Commission (RAC).
Lockhart is currently the Director of Music Programs at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory School where he is establishing an aggressive instrumental music program. Lockhart aspires to mentor his students to be the next great leaders and innovators of tomorrow.