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This page will be updated with more shows as they are confirmed.


A review of the Northampton show can be found here:         


Derek Boulton

We are sorry to announce the passing of Derek Boulton. Derek was one of the most respected professionals in his field and  previously managed Tony Bennett, Robert Farnon and the Ted Heath Orchestra to name but a few. He also worked closely with some of the world's greatest big bands including Count Basie and Buddy Rich. It is thanks to Derek that the band has become a successful concert attraction in the UK's theatres and concert halls and we shall never forget him.


"The Man From Planet Jazz"

Monday March 16th 2009

Here is Sebastian Scotney's review from the London Jazz weblog.  The show was also reviwed extremely favourably by The Times, USA Today, and Jazz UK. Our thanks to all the journalists concerned for having the wisdom to know the difference.

Cadogan Hall (above) does big bands well. There were very few seats left in the hall tonight. The audience was appreciative. The sound and the lighting were done very well and unobtrusively. Pete Cater offered heartfelt and well-deserved thanks at the end of tonight's gig for the hard work done by Adam McGillvray and his team at the hall.

Cater had a assembled a great, hand-picked band with two Buddy Rich alumni in his saxophone section- Jay Craig, featured on "OK with Jay" and Bob Martin featured on "Chelsea Bridge". Other highlights were Andy Greenwood's blistering high trumpet work in "Chicago." There were some storming full-on charts such a "Machine" the second half opener, and Bob Mintzer's Funk City Ola.

The 8pm start meant that it was 10.30 before the inevitable long drum solo came along, with all the horn sections ritually turning their heads to watch Cater work through his lengthy routine on "West Side Story." By that late hour the audience had run out of some of the energy to clap and cheer which had greeted the band earlier.

Cater master-minded and powered the band, impressively without a single reference to music or script. His announcements were slightly sporadic and impressionistic. But that didn't detract from the pleasure of hearing a great band, which re-created the power and drive of the best Buddy Rich units of the past with infectious bravado and professional energy.





Also in the pipeline is an instructional DVD for drummers covering technique, creativity and improvisation. Pete plans to share some of his unique concepts and approaches in what promises to be an educational and entertaining experience. Once again watch this space!



Live events will be updated soon!



NOTE: all gigs listed on this page are open to the general public. Whilst in most circumstances we are unable to supply tickets we are always happy to pass on all the necessary information. Also, just because there may only be a few gigs listed for any given month don't be under the misapprehension that Pete is at  home starving, we only list the stuff that we think you'll find of interest! Mind you, having said that, spontaneous and unsolicited donations of large quantities of money are not objected to. Send them to the usual place!




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