PETE ALLEN Bandleader/Musician Broadcaster & Festival Consultant
Described as Britain's Most Exciting Jazz Clarinettist and Leader of a most Entertaining Professional Jazz Band for 37 years.
Frequent member of the 'TOP EIGHT' - Gelsenkirchen Germany
Featured Soloist with the Philips Worldstars Jazz Band - Eindhoven Holland in 2001
Regular Member of the London/Paris All Stars
Leader of the UK West Country All Stars
Regular Visitor to Denmark as a Guest Guest Soloist with various bands including the Fionia Jazz band
Led the Worldwide All Stars - Sacramento USA in 1984
Made an Honorary Citizen of New Orleans in 1992 for his services to Music & Tourism
Voted 'Band Of The Year', Risley Park Jazz Club Derby 2000 & 2001 Leader of Pete Allens European Swing Band
Regular guest at the famous Caveau de la Huchette PARIS & now appears at many jazz festivals throughout France performing tribute concerts to his idol Sidney Bechet under the booking guidance of International Agent/Musician Dany Doriz
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 the traditional jazz fans and those who simply enjoy happy music and songs for both listening or dancing.
As a boy, Pete grew up with jazz. He studied the music of all the old time music greats, especially Ed Hall and Sidney Bechet two great legends of American jazz clarinet and soprano saxophone, although Pete has never tried to copy their style instead he has developed his own quite unique, exciting sound.
Over the years Pete has appeared on many television and radio shows, both with his own band and as a solo artiste. He has topped the bill in those magical 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. More recently, Pete has been selected to play for the European Top Eight Jazz Band in Germany, on a number of occasions, and the Philips International All Stars in Holland and also fronts the London Paris All Stars and his own chosen European Swing Band. In 2013 Pete continues to lead his own band and appears as a guest soloist or with his own solo music show and now plays a number of shows with Jazz Pianist Dave Browning and the World Class Banjoist Sean Moyses. Throughout his career Pete appeared as featured soloist alongside these American Jazz Greats:- '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.
For over five years he also found time to present his own jazz programme for BBC Radio. For all 'live' performances Pete thrills audiences around the world with his own style of jazz clarinet combined with a slick, fast moving and entertaining programme of light-hearted humour and happy foot-tapping jazz songs. He is a personality in British Music who is eager to please an audience whatever the situation wether leading his band, as a guest soloist or with his unique solo music show.