A native of CA, Hartman moved to New Orleans at the age of 18 to study and play music. He spent the next 30 years touring clubs and festivals and becoming an internationally acclaimed accordion player. He has played almost every major festival and club in the US and many abroad, including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Outside Lands, The Hollywood Bowl, and The Horde Tour. One of his bands, The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, has played at 27 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals in a row. NOKAS is also featured on the cover of Seth Rogovoy’s book The Essential Klezmer. Hartman’s original recording, “Not Too Eggy” is included in the 2004 collection Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box Set of New Orleans Music.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina washed Hartman and his family back to CA. Hartman became active in the Bay Area music scene while continuing to gig regularly in New Orleans. In 2017, Hartman finally moved back to New Orleans, where he has been actively gigging on both accordion and keyboards. In 2020 , Hartman was honored to be named an “International Accordion King”, alongside Steve Riley and Geno Delafose. A perfect example of Hartman’s activity would be this upcoming Jazz Fest when Hartman will play 21 gigs in 12 days with 10 different bands.
The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars
NOKAS is arguably the most successful Klezmer band ever at crossing over into the Rock-n-Roll world. Founded in 1991, this internationally acclaimed award winning 7 piece Klezmer band has been known for fusing New Orleans funk and Klezmer with a Rock edge. The Village Voice has called them, “Easily the funniest and wildest of the Klezmer new wave.” This band has released 6 cds and has been included on numerous compilations.
Lulu and the Broadsides
One of New Orleans hottest dance bands
The Klezmer Allstars Duo
A side project featuring Hartman on accordion and Jonathan Freilich on guitar. This duo has recently toured Germany and released their first recording, Hats.
Accordion and Washboard Duo featuring Washboard Chaz
The Klezmer Playboys
This is Hartman’s Bay Area Klez creation. Usually a 4 piece, this band features local Klezmer legends Stu Brotman and Sheldon Brown.
A distinct accordion and guitar duo, this band focuses on an eclectic mix of accordion tunes and features John Anaya on guitar along with Hartman on accordion. The repertoire includes Mexican, French, Zydeco, Cumbia, Blues and many other styles. This band has released one recording, Disarm the Folk Police, gigs regularly in the Bay Area and has played at The Edinburgh Fringe Fest.
Kings of the Small Time
An accordion and guitar duo, this band features one of New Orleans’ greatest living songwriters on guitar, Alex McMurray. The band largely focuses on Alex’s original material.
A Jewish Music Super Group that has toured internationally and has headlined the Jewish Music Festival in Krakow. Featuring Frank London, Avi Avital, Aaron Alexander, Stu Brotman, John Schott, Jessica Ivry, Jewlia Eisenberg and Mariana Sadovska along with Hartman. This band has released one recording, Might Be.
Face the Giant
A San Francisco based blues/rock band that plays a balanced mix of originals and covers. Featuring John Anaya, Jeff Drudge, and Randy Odell, along with Hartman on keys and accordion. A fun video of this band can be found here:
The DJ Project of New Orleans producer and horn player Ben Ellman, this project features djs Ben Ellman and DJ Quickie Mart with Hartman playing live accordion. The band often comes with the Balkan Bootie Squad – some crazy bootie shaking dancers. The band plays a mosh up of New Orleans Bounce and Klezmer/Balkan Music. This project has several recordings.
The World Accordion to Glenn Hartman and Wally Ingram
This duo features Wally Ingram the internationally acclaimed percussionist (Sheryl Crow, Eric Burdon, Timbuk 3) with Hartman on accordion. This project has released one recording.
Hartman has played and recorded with an extensive list of artists, including: Robbie Robertson, David Lindley, Galactic, Leo Nocentelli, Zigaboo Modeliste, Anders Osborne, Eric McFadden, Wally Ingram, Chris Joyner, Stanton Moore, Frank London and The San Francisco Symphony.