John Petters - Known as Britain's Ace Drummin' man.
What the Critics say:
Ted des Plantes - The Mississippi Rag (USA)
" Englands 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"
Art Hodes - Legendary Jazz & Blues Pianist
" Carrying the torch we lit"
John Petters has been a professional Jazz drummer for over 30 years. He has recorded with such American legends as Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes, Kenny Davern, Yank Lawson & Al Casey. He appeared in concerts with Billy Butterfield and Slim Gaillard.
On the UK scene he recorded with Humphrey Lyttelton, George Chisholm OBE, Ken Colyer, Wally Fawkes, Alan Elsdon, Dick Charlesworth, Sammy Rimington & George Webb. He has worked with Acker Bilk, Terry Lightfoot, Kenny Ball, Georgie Fame, Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan.
John Petters organised and performed on the 'Legends of American Dixieland Tour' with Davison & Hodes.
His hit theatre shows include, This Joint Is Jumpin' - the Life & Music of Fats Waller, 'Swinging Down Memory Lane' with George Chisholm OBE, Maxine Daniels, Swing - a Centenary Tribute to Gene Krupa & Benny Goodman, Bing - The Road to Rhythm & Romance, 'S Wonderful, the Music of George Gershwin, with Val Wiseman, Ragtime Revisited with Martin Litton & James Evans, & Hoagy The Old Music Master.
An expert of jazz drumming technique, he has had many thousands of hits on his drum tuition videos about playing traditional jazz and the styles of Gene Krupa and Baby Dodds. He is director of several highly successful jazz residential festivals in the UK. He has written a number of articles on the history of jazz drumming.