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Pete Canter

Pete Canter – Saxophonist

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 includes cello and viola players. 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 hosts the Bridge Jazz Club, a popular monthly jazz night at Exeter Phoenix.

Lots of info about upcoming gigs, band projects, CDs and some sound clips at

March 2018 Gigs

Wed 7th March: Bridge Jazz Club at Exeter Phoenix with Pete Canter & Friends + Jam Session 8.30pm £8, £4 jammers

Fri 9th March: Trio 43 at Bridport Arts, Bridport. Original jazz composed by Pete Canter for saxophone, cello, guitar & double bass 8pm £10.

Wed 14th March: Pete Canter’s Sky Ensemble at Speakeasy Jazz Club, Torquay. Dreamy & joyful folk-inflected original jazz composed by Pete Canter for saxophone, flute, strings & rhythm section. 8.30pm £10 in advance, £12 on the door.

Sun 18th March: Pete Canter Trio at The Point Bar & Grill, Exmouth. Fine saxophonist Pete Canter also on double bass with excellent young guitarist Kyle Norgate and inventive pianist Matt Johns. 6pm Free.

Wed 28th March: Pete Canter Trio at Clifford Arms, Shaldon near Teignmouth. Excellent saxophonist with talented  rhythm section playing superb dinner jazz. Free.

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