Pete Letanka Trio play at Steyning Jazz Club

Pete Letanka

Their new line-up is Pete Letanka, piano; Sam Burgess, bass; and Jon Ormston, drums.

Club spokesman Colin Jilks said: “Sam Burgess is a much sought after musician who has been with Ronnie Scott’s House Band for 13 years.

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“And Jon Ormston’s inventive drumming has made him popular at national and international jazz festivals.

“Pete’s love for the great Oscar Peterson and his South African heritage run deep in his music, which led him to become a winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, winning a scholarship to study with Mark Polishook at the University of Maine, USA.

“He graduated in 1997 with a BA (Hons) First Class, after which he formed the Pete Letanka Trio.

“They quickly took the London jazz scene by storm, performing at Ronnie Scott’s, the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

“He was signed to Zephyr Records in 2005 which released his debut album Afrostocracy.

“Since then, among other things, he has been involved with the Children’s Music Workshop and has conducted projects for the Royal Opera House and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The press reviews are glowing. The Guardian said: ‘Anyone hearing Pete Letanka for the first time is amazed’ and BBC Radio said: ‘He certainly rocks!’

“Could we ask for more? Previous visits to the Steyning Jazz Club by this exceptional pianist have left us all with wonderful memories.

“Our printed program booklets detailing the bands through December 2022 will be available at this concert, as will our Steyning Jazz Club website.

“The bar service is excellent, offering a wide range of drinks.

“Doors open at 7.15pm, concert starts at 8pm. The Steyning Jazz Club meets at the Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning. BN44 3XZ.”

For more information about the Steyning Jazz Club call Colin Jilks on 01903 810395.

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