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Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Swing/Big Band Moods: Instrumental Jazz: Retro Swing

By Location
UK - England - East Midlands

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John Petters Swing Band

John Petters - Britain's Ace Drummin' Man

What the Critics say:

Ted des Plantes - The Mississippi Rag (USA)
" England's finest Traditional Jazz Drummer."

Peter Hepple - The Stage
"John Petters is a solid and showy drummer..... and a humourous, fluent
compere of the proceedings, as well as a useful singer"

Kevin Henriques - The Financial Times
"Petters is an unashamed disciple of the Jazz of Benny Goodman & Gene
Krupa ......he sets the mood for this neat swinging group."

Art Hodes - Legendary Jazz & Blues Pianist
" Carrying the torch we lit"

Falmouth & Penryn Leader (reviewing the Legends of American Dixieland show)
"It's doubtful whether the two veterans could have found a better group to work with than the John Petters Group"

John Petters has been a professional jazz drummer for over 30 years. He was influenced by the great jazz drummers of the past - primarily, Gene Krupa, but also the pioneers of New Orleans Jazz. People such as Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Tony Sbarbaro.

In the '80s John worked such American legends as Billy Butterfield and Slim Gaillard. He recorded with Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes, Al Casey, Yank Lawson and Kenny Davern. He toured with Davern and organised and toured the Legends of American Dixieland, which featured the then octogenarians, Davison & Hodes.

John worked with nearly all the major British artistes, including Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, Monty Sunshine, Terry Lightfoot, ,Cy Laurie, , Feddy Randall, Lonnie Donegan & Georgie Fame.

John recorded with George Chisholm OBE, Maxine Daniels, Wally Fawkes, Val Wiseman, Sammy Rimington ,Alan Elsdon, Humphrey Lyttelton, George Webb

John has toured in countless successful jazz theatre productions including, Swinging Down Memory Lane, This Joint is Jumpin, 'S Wonderful & hoagy The Old Music Master.

John has directed the most successful and biggest jazz residential festivals in the UK over a period of 15 years.

John is an expert on early drumming styles and jazz history and is a published writer in Jazz Journal International and just Jazz Magazine. He is also a popular speaker on Early Jazz styles at festivals and U3A Groups.

John lives in the Lincolnshire Fens.