Interview with Pete Saberton on TheJazzShowOnline

Photo Credit: Garry Corbett

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Pete Saberton (above)is one of those quietly influential, maybe even central figures on the UK jazz scene. I was thrilled to find a fascinating interview with him by Alex Hutton.

Musicians , conservatoire students revere him, speak about Pete Saberton and how just good he is in hushed tones. He does the stuff others find tricky – with seeming ease. Harmonic and rhythmic work-outs, metric modulation. But his playing is at such a level of creativity, there’s always a real sense of travel when he’s playing. There’s nothing dry, nothing predictable. Line, linkage, narrative, but always the unexpected too. Convinced yet? Check out the interview

There may be another interview with him somewhere (?), but I definitely want to salute Alex Hutton and Kate Winter of TheJazzShowOnline for doing this one.

There are three music clips in the interview which can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Pete Saberton is originally from Sheffield. He studied classical music in Manchester music college classical music degree. The beginnings of an interest in jazz came from saxophonist and fellow student Pete Hurt: “He was interested in playing jazz tht’s how I got into it.”

The first track is from the Rich Core Trio with drummer Tony Levin and bassist Fred Baker. The track is also called Rich Core, recorded 5 yeears ago.

He talks about “stealing”, about metric modulation, about getting students – who are often quite conservative – interested in electronics. “It’s about time electronics came back in”

The second piece is “3 P’s” piece with John Taylor and Steve Arguelles.

The third piece is Reverse shift, with among others Dave O’Higgins and Henry Lowther, a piece originally written for the London Trombone quartet run by Pete Beachill, and for Derek Watkins.

There are many other interviews on The Jazz Show Online

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11 replies »

  1. Can anyone tell me how to listen to the actual radio show of the jazz show? I have listened to the podcasts but how do you listen to the live radio show?

  2. i download the jazz show podcasts most weeks as I am a jazz student in birmingham, and i find it really interesting especially issues brought up about modern day jazz and society, especially with musicians currently on the UK scene.
    i actually study with pete saberton occasionally, and its great to see you getting him on the show! he's a fabulous pianist.

    the music you have is great too, keep up the great work alex and kate.

  3. also, was at a jazz and media conference in birmingham last week and sebastien scotney gave a mention to you guys, so well done!

  4. this is a funny show . i like the atmostphere. i dont have time to listen live , so the pod- casts are great. get ian shaw back he was great. also the interview with drummer asaf cirkis (?) was good..those aussie singers were good too.
    jim P

  5. I love this show! Kate and Alex have great chemistry and are genuinely passionate about the Jazz world in all its glory. I think the podcasts are brilliant as it allows me to listen at a time that works for me. The interviews are always inspiring and there is always such diversity in who they choose to interview… I agree that the Ian Shaw show was electric – I didn't stop chuckling! Very promising show that I hope gathers the traction it really deserves!! Clare, London

  6. I found out about this from my sister in the UK. I live in the USA so tune in online as often as I can. Kate and Alex do a great job and I LOVE those British accents! Keep up the great work!

  7. I listen to the show whenever I can and often check out the podcasts, I also have recommended it to many of my friends. I like the great music and the variety of artists that perform live. It's done with passion and humour by two lovely individuals, Kate and Alex and it leaves you feeling good and wanting more!

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