|Pete Saberton. Photo Credit: Garry Corbett|
The death is reported, in the early hours of this morning, of one of the most quietly influential, and most respected musicians in British jazz, pianist/composer Pete Saberton, after a battle against myeloma. He grew up in Sheffield as the youngest of four brothers, and studied classical piano at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was a cornerstone of the music, working and writing for the London Jazz Orchestra, and in groups with Pete Hurt, Henry Lowther, Stan Sulzmann. As a selflessly generous and superb educator – at RAM, Trinity, Guildhall, and on Summer Schools – he leaves a huge legacy of influence among younger musicians.
An interview which Alex Hutton – also from Sheffield – did with him going through the main steps in his career, with a fascinating discussion of metric modulation is AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE.
His many friends in the jazz community are mourning the very sad loss of an irreplaceable, central figure. Pete Saberton Born 9th July 1950. Died 21st March 2012. RIP.
UPDATE 25th April:
John Fordham’s very fine obituary
UPDATE 3rd April
– At today’s Memorial Ceremony in Mitcham, there were moving tributes from family members and friends, including Henry Lowther, Pete Hurt and Eddie Parker.
– The Vortex will be having a plaque dedicated to Pete Saberton on its piano stool and has asked for suggestions for the wording SEE NEW BLOG POST
– Any donations in honour of Pete should be sent to Myeloma UK. The options of ways to donate are on the MYELOMA UK WEBSITE