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The Peter Allen Jazz Band Classy Jubilee Swinging Jazz
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The Peter Allen Jazz Band Classy Jubilee Swinging Jazz

Pete Allen, bandleader and Honorary Citizen of New Orleans, is regarded as one of Europe’s most talented and exciting masters of the clarinet. 

He is not only a gifted musician but also a born entertainer, guaranteed to enthrall any audience and leave them wanting more.

He plays a range of reed instruments, and very occasionally takes to the banjo – just for fun! And his Satchmo vocals have to be heard to be believed.

His band comprises high-calibre musicians with long experience of playing here and abroad; the pianist and bass-player both hold degrees in music and the others have been playing at top level all their adult lives.  All are consummate professionals.

Pete first formed his own band in 1978 and went on to top the bill in America, starring in such magical jazz destinations as St. Louis, Sacramento and, of course New Orleans, where he was awarded an Honorary Citizenship for his services to jazz music – a rare privilege for a British musician.

Until the advent of Brexit and Covid, he was still performing regularly in France, Germany and Denmark, both with his band and as a guest soloist, whilst maintaining a busy schedule in the UK.

He and his musicians are delighted to be part of the first Sidmouth Jazz & Blues Festival.