Pete Allen Newsletter May 2023

Pete Allen Newsletter May 2023

Welcome to the Pete Allen Newsletter. This is the first in a regular monthly newsletter. If you do not want to receive¬†this letter you can unsubscribe¬†at the bottom of this email – I hope you won’t.

The band has recently had a new addition РChris Hodgkins on trumpet Рotherwise the band remains the same with myself, James Clemas (keyboard and vocals), Dave Hanratty (bass), Jim Newton (drums ) and Roger Marks (trombone)

Here is a link to a TV recording Chris and I did  in Hamburg in1982

Pete Allen gigs

Sunday 4th June
Royal British Legion Club, Pelican Lane,¬†Newbury, 2.30pm to 5pm. ¬†With special guest TOM ‚ÄúSPATS‚ÄĚ LANGHAM (banjo/guitar/vocals). ¬†Admission ¬£15 at the door, preferably by cash or cheque payable to P ALLEN.

¬†Thomas ‚ÄėSpats‚Äô Langham¬†was born in 1971 and spent his¬†childhood in Buxton. He started Ukulele as soon as his fingers were big enough, inspired by his Grandfather, and turned to Banjo at the age of 10.¬† At 14 he was appearing with the¬†Hot Spa Stompers, and soon after with¬†Ged Hones Dixie Boys. It was Ged who encouraged Spats to start guitar. He moved to the Cotswolds in 1992 to join the¬†Charleston Chasers¬†(where he first met and worked with Malcolm Sked). Since then he has worked as a professional musician, travelled the four corners of the globe, and has been lucky to play with many great artists and bands.

More on Spats can be found here:

Wednesday 7th June

The Conservative Club, Radway Place, Sidmouth, 3pm to 5.30pm.  Admission £15 at the door, preferably by cash or cheque payable to P ALLEN.

A special date for your diary:Sunday 1st  October 2023
2.30pm to 10 30pm
Oxford Street, Newbury, RG14 1JB
Large FREE car park/Licensed bar/Light snacks/meals also available throughout the day
The Hotel has accommodation, to book call Hotel direct:- tele: 01635 31822;
ANDY DICKENS (trumpet)
GARY WOOD (trumpet)

Please don‚Äôt forget you can purchase my¬†CD‚Äôs and my¬†autobiography, “On the Beat‚Ä̬†at all the¬†gigs or email Jane (from Newbury)¬†for copies:¬†

Further details of the Pete Allen Band  at:

Jane has also prepared a quiz for you and if you bring the answers on a post card with your name to the Newbury or Sidmouth gigs, we will put the corect answers in a hat and the first draw wins a CD of their choice.

1 Bird and Yardbird were nicknames for what legendary American jazz saxophonist who reflected the nickname in the title of a 1946 work Ornithology?
2 Black Coffee is the title track of the 1956 debut album by what jazz and pop singer famous for songs like Fever and Hallelujah, I Love Him So?
3 Hoots the Owl is a jazzy saxophone-playing bird on what alliteratively named kids TV show?
4 Gaining a love for music in the Little Burgundy community of Montréal, Oscar Peterson became a jazz legend known primarily for tickling what instrument?
5 Named for a major Midwestern city, what long-running Broadway musical features All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Mr. Cellophane?

I look forward to seeing you at one of the gigs

Best wishes


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