About Pete Neighbour
Pete Neighbours musical career began in primary school in London with violin lessons. After a very short while all parties--parents, teacher and pupil - agreed these were a musical disaster! Picking up the clarinet at around the age of twelve he found this to be far more to his liking and began to work his way steadily through the Associated Board grades reaching Grade 8 at the age of 16.
His love of jazz was nurtured from an early age and the complexities of improvisation became a challenge to be conquered... a challenge which excites him as much today as it did in those formative years.
He was lucky enough to meet fellow London clarinet virtuoso Julian Marc Stringle during his mid teens and they became firm friends and popular on the London jazz circuit with two clarinet interpretations of jazz classics. They still work together today when their respective hectic schedules allow.
Pete's love and mastery of jazz has enabled him to perform in a diverse stylistic range; from small group 1920's style music, through the swing era and into settings akin to the more modern clarinet masters such as Buddy de Franco and Eddie Daniels. Indeed, he takes great delight in playing in different musical settings as often as possible. In recent months he has made guest appearances with the British jazz legend Kenny Ball, and also performed Mozart in a recital aboard a luxury cruise liner.