Drummer, bandleader, educator

Official website of drummer, bandleader and educator Pete Cater.


Pete has a variety of personal projects including the Big Band for which he is best known, the seven piece Ministry of Jazz and The Organisation.

All enquiries call 07831 419958, outside the United Kingdom (0044)7831 419958 or email

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the pete cater big band

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed, swinging big band jazz as heard on the CDs 'Playing With Fire', 'Upswing', and 'The Right Time'. Long before anybody else thought of it Pete successfully toured his 'Man From Planet Jazz' tribute to Buddy Rich which recreated this iconic music authentically and superbly with a stellar team of UK talent. Pete still features this repertoire along with his own, personal back catalogue of big band music as well as classics from the all-time greats of the genre.

Also the band may be booked to accompany artists, as a ‘house band’ or for corporate and media events.

Here’s the band with the legendary Buddy Greco 

and here’s what happened when Ronnie Corbett had a surprise for Miranda Hart

Here, in two parts, a full concert from 1999 featuring great music from the album ‘Playing With Fire’ .

First set:

Second set:


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Fiery blue note-esque hard bop and funk featuring Tony Kofi's burning baritone sax. The group has a debut CD 'Point Blank' which was released to huge acclaim in 2018 at which time they toured the UK extensively including a headline slot at the London Jazz Festival (see events page for more details). The group may also be hired as a Hammond organ, guitar, drums trio.



Making its debut in 2015 Pete Cater's all-star sextet has been a hit since day one. Eschewing the all-too pervasive trend for 'tribute' and 'themed' jazz shows, The Ministry Of Jazz feature great music from the second half of the twentieth century by composers including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Thad Jones, Benny Golson, and Quincy Jones. In addition to PC the band consists of George Hogg (trumpet), Adrian Fry (trombone), Richard Shepherd (alto sax), Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax), Pete Whittaker (Hammond organ) and Simon Thorpe (bass).

See the promo video here