Pete Allen Jazz Band
Wednesday 26th June 2019 | 8pm | Festival Hall
Pete Allen is regarded as one of Europe’s most talented and exciting masters of the clarinet.
In 1976 he joined Rod Mason and two years later formed his own professional band. He brought together a musical style and stage presence that has created an enthusiastic following from both traditional jazz fans and those who simply enjoy happy music and songs for listening or dancing.
As a boy, Pete grew up with jazz. He studied the music of the classic greats, especially Ed Hall and Sidney Bechet, two great legends of American jazz clarinet and soprano saxophone. However, Pete has never tried to copy their style. Instead he has developed his own unique, exciting sound.
Over the years, Pete has appeared in many television and radio shows, both with his own band and as a solo artiste. For over five years, he found time to present his own jazz programme for BBC Radio. During his career, Pete has featured as soloist alongside such American greats as “Peanuts” Hucko, Bud Freeman, Bob Wilbur, Marty Grosz, Billy Butterfield, Barrett Deems and Jack Lesberg, and played a number of times with the late British jazz trumpet star Kenny Ball.
He has topped the bill in those magical American homes of jazz, St. Louis, Sacramento and, of course, New Orleans, where he was awarded an Honorary Citizenship for his services to jazz music. In the mid-eighties he was chosen to lead the Worldwide All Stars at the Jazz Jubilee in Sacramento. In 2018, Pete continues to lead his own band, and we can’t wait to welcome them to Grassington!