Born in Karvina in the former Czechoslovakia, Pete came to the UK with his family during the Prague Spring of 1968. At 10 he began having piano and clarinet lessons and took up the saxophone at 15.
Whilst at art college in Cambridge, he was first exposed to jazz and began having lessons and immersed himself in the music of Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Hank Mobley and John Coltrane. Since then many other influences have helped to shape his concept, including: Pepper Adams, Gary Smulyan and Thad Jones amongst others.
Since moving to London in the late 80's, Pete has worked with some of London's best musicians, including Dominic Howles, Matt Home, Colin Oxley, Steve Fishwick, Bob Martin, Richard Busiakiewicz, Simon Purcell, Arnie Somogyi, Jeremy Brown, Dave Chamberlain, Steve Brown, Matt Skelton, Tristan Maillot, Leon Greening, Ross Stanley, Alan Barnes, Matt Fishwick, Kate Williams, Sebastian de Krom, Julian Bury and Pete Whittaker.
In 2006, Pete recorded his debut CD 'Arrival' and deciding who to use as sidemen for the recording wasn't a difficult choice. Over the years he'd played with these musicians in various line-ups and knew they would fit the bill perfectly, no matter what kind of material was put in front of them. They are all heavily steeped in the bop tradition, as you'll discover if you listen to any of the tracks, Steve Brown, Dominic Howles and Leon Greening are a truly solid, swinging rhythm section, who lay down a great groove that makes playing with them such a pleasure, whilst front-line partner Steve Fishwick is a superbly lyrical trumpet and flugelhorn player who has absorbed the lessons of the masters and has developed his own unique voice.
The last couple of years has seen Pete collaborate regularly with Alan Barnes in a two baritone quintet, the repertoire features original music by Pete and rartely heard tunes by the likes of Thad Jones, Pepper Adams and Tadd Dameron.
An exciting new project for 2010 sees Pete pairing up with the award winning American baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan a veteran of the Woody Herman, Thad Jones And Mel Lewis, Dizzy Gillepsie Orchestras as well as countless other bands and a veteran of over 60 recordings and a number of criticaly acclaimed CD's under his own name.
This a rare occasion to see Gary in a series of intimate club settings with Pete and a fine rhythm section consisting of the superb Italinan pianist Andrea Pozza, the Paul Chambers influenced Dominic Howles on bass and the excellent Matt Home on drums.
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