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Pete Cater


Pete Cater’s father (Peter Cater) was a drummer and his grandfather a jazz saxophonist and bandleader. Pete took up drums at a very early age and played with the Muidland Youth Jazz Orchestra. After playing with bands around the Midlands in the UK he formed his own big band in 1995 and this received the accolade of Best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards 2000. He is a versatile drummer playing in all configurations of jazz groups and has accompanied many well known musicians including Spike Robinson, Benny Carter, Harry Edison, Terry Gibbs and Buddy de Franco. He plays all styles of jazz from big band, swing and mainstream to contemporary jazz


Article: Album Review

Vasilis Xenopoulos: The Wind Machine

Read "The Wind Machine" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It would be easy, too easy, to write-off Greek-born (now U.K. resident) Vasilis Xenopoulos as yet another mainstream jazz musician. This would be a grave mistake because, as witnessed here in this, his second album, Xenopoulos breathes brave new life into old standards. Not only that, but these numbers are executed with superb skill. The Woody ...


News: Performance / Tour

Buddy Rich Tribute in London

Buddy Rich Tribute in London

September 2007 marked the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of one of the true giants of jazz: drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich. To celebrate, award-winning British drummer Pete Cater played a special one-off concert at Cadogan Hall, London. Such was the success of this event that Pete and his big band will be doing a limited ...


The Right Time

Label: Vocalion
Released: 2006
Track listing: You Don


Article: Album Review

Pete Cater Big Band: The Right Time

Read "The Right Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pete Cater is arguably Great Britain's foremost big-band drummer, and The Right Time is yet another album--this would be the third, and second on Vocalion--of swinging, straight-ahead jazz by Cater and his ebullient ensemble from across the pond. As for the title, it should go without saying that any time is the right time to kick ...



Label: Vocalion
Released: 2001
Track listing: The Song Is You; Silver


Article: Album Review

The Pete Cater Big Band: Upswing!

Read "Upswing!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Pete Cater Big Band earned top honors among larger groups last year in the annual Post Office–sponsored British Jazz Awards competition. If you’d like to know why, simply listen to Upswing!, the band’s second album and first on the Vocalion label. From pianist Matt O’Regan’s breezy introduction to his splendid arrangement of Jerome Kern’s “The ...



Label: Concord Music Group
Released: 2000


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