Pete Canter is an accomplished jazz saxophonist and a prolific and original composer of jazz and contemporary music. His jazz repertoire draws upon hardbop, bebop and latin jazz, and increasingly upon his own compositions which bring together elements of contemporary jazz, folk and classical music.
Pete first played on the 1980s London jazz scene and after a spell playing in Wales during the 1990s, moved to the Southwest in 2001. He has gone on to establish himself on both the local jazz scene and further afield across the U.K. as a fine saxophone player, composer and band leader responsible for a number of creative jazz projects. His current band, Pete Canter’s Sky Ensemble brings together contemporary jazz, latin and folk influences and features flute and strings alongside saxophone and rhythm section. His composing projects include writing for his own jazz combos, for larger ensembles which include jazz and classical instruments and writing for contemporary music ensembles.
Pete has recorded several well received jazz albums and has played at major U.K. festivals including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Bude Jazz Festival and Exeter Vibraphonic Festival. His bands have supported Polar Bear and Kyle Eastwood and he has played with Iain Ballamy, Christian Brewer, Harry Beckett and many more.
Pete plays double bass in small band jazz contexts and has also played bass with an orchestra. Pete hosts the Bridge Jazz Club, a popular monthly jazz night at Exeter Phoenix.
Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and a composer member of the Performing Rights Society.
“…..an inventive soloist with a distinctive sound……” Ian Mann, The Jazzmann.