Saturday, April 2, 2016

Jazz Performance Saturday! - "Isle of Capri" - John Petters with Max Collie's All Star Festival Band

The first Saturday of the month features drummers for the Saturday Jazz Performance. So, today we look and listen to the drumming of John Petters as he drums with Max Collie's All Star Festival Band on March 4, 2011.

Petters was born in Stratford, East London. As a youngster he began collecting 78 records and was a shortwave radio enthusiast. In 1971 he began drumming along to old records which taught him the basics. By the time he was in college he had already started his first band. He started gigging in 1976 and by the next year he had formed The New Dixie Syncopators and recorded his first album in November.

1985 was a big year for Petters he founded the "Square Jazz Club" in Harlow, England and wrote a three part series on the History of Jazz Drumming. For three years he toured with "Legends of British Trad" from 1991 to 1994. He also organized the first jazz festival at Wisbech, England in 1995.

Petters continued touring and playing right up into the 2000s. He has a YouTube Page.

Isle of Capri was written in 1934 by Wilhelm Grosz (1894-1939)  who composed the music and Jimmy Kennedy (1902-1984) who added the lyrics. The first recording of the tune was by Lew Stone and His Band which took place on July 25, 1934.

Here Petters plays with Max Collie on trombone, Chez Chesterman on cornet, Brian White on clarinet, "Gentleman" Jim McInstosh on banjo, and Annie Hawkins on bass.

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