Tribute to Benny Goodman with The Pete Long Quartet
Pete Long – clarinet
Nick Dawson - piano
Anthony Kerr - vibes
Richard Pite - drums
“Celebrating the music of the first incarnation of the Goodman Quartet, where the bass-less rhythm section is driven by the alliance of bass drum and pianist's left hand, the Quartet will be playing many of the early Goodman Hits. Expect Avalon, Lady be Good, Dinah, I’ve Got Rhythm, China Boy and many others.” - Pete Long
Pete Long has worked with them all from Jools Holland to Dizzy Gillespie and The Stereophonics and studio work with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, the BBC Radio Big Band, arranging for and directing the poll winning 9;20 De-Luxe. 10-piece swing band re-creating the music of Dizzy Gillespie in quintet and big band formats. In the course of playing with Jools, Pete has worked with a diversity of popular icons from Vinnie Jones to Lionel Richie and The Blind Boys Of Alabama to Sting. Working with Jools Holland has also enabled Pete to arrange music for Sir Paul McCartney, Jane Horrocks, Ray Davies and the unique talents of Marianne Faithfull! Pete’s skills developed as front man for the Echoes Of Ellington have led him to presenting Big Band Special the weekly magazine show for big band buffs on BBC Radio 2, and talking on the early morning news review on London Radio. Richard Pite over the last thirty years has established himself as one of the country's leading exponents of vintage jazz drumming. His style is steeped in the playing of such masters as Papa Jo Jones, Big Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Cozy Cole. The drummers of the 20s, 30s and 40s very often employed a huge array of musical and visual tricks that thrilled their audiences. These routines (very rarely seen today) have been adapted to perfection. Nick Dawson’s piano playing is simply breathtaking. His complete mastery of the keyboard is combined with great musicality and a familiarity with all the major jazz piano styles from the earliest days of the music through to the present. He is currently combining guest appearances with numerous bands and a full time job as the pianist and assistant musical director for Mamma Mia.
Anthony Kerr is regarded by many as the most enchanting, original and exciting Vibraphone Player in today's jazz idiom. He also works with the BBC Big Band as a session musician and has been commissioned to write for TV and Radio. He’s performed and recorded with many musicians including George Shearing, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Claire Martin, Peter King . He has either been voted, or nominated ‘Best Instrumentalist’ in the British Jazz Awards every year since 1994.