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DICK PEARCE

British Jazz Trumpet Player  :  Author  :  Educator

Biography

Born 19th April 1951. Dick began playing cornet at the age of 12 in the Boys’ Brigade and joined Ewell village’s local brass band a year later. At 15 he became interested in jazz and attended a Sunday morning rehearsal band run by the dance bandleader Ken Macintosh. Soon after, he joined Bill Ashton’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra where he met many like-minded young musicians.

At 17 he spent three and a half extremely disillusioned years in the army (The Household Cavalry) supposedly as a bandsman. He’d played Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto for his audition and expected to receive musical tuition after signing on the dotted line, but for most of his service he found himself sitting on a horse playing bugle calls. Demobbed from the army in April 1972, he began playing with (what was considered) some of the ‘freer’ bands of that time - led by Graham Collier, Dudu Pukwana, Pat Evans and Keith Tippet.

In the mid to late 70s he was drawn more towards harmonically structured improvisation (post-Bebop?), playing with jazz groups led by the likes of Don Rendell, Michael Garrick and Mike Westbrook, while also playing in an abundance of settings with his own generation of young jazz musicians. (All interspersed with various commercial gigs and a few part time day jobs of course).

In 1980 Dick joined The Ronnie Scott Quintet, with whom he travelled all over the world for the following 14 years. The band included John Critchinson (piano), Ron Mathewson (double bass), Martin Drew (drums) and Ronnie Scott (tenor sax). In 1990 the quintet became a sextet with the addition of Mornington Lockett on tenor sax.

In more recent years Dick has been heard with - Alan Barnes / Don Weller’s ‘Tribute to Cannonball Adderley Band’. The Don Weller Big Band. Tim Richards’ ‘Great Spirit’. John Williams’ ‘New Perspectives’. Stan and Clarke Tracey’s ‘Ellingtonia’. ‘PD3 with Dick Pearce’ (PD3 = Pete Downes trio).  John Critchinson’s tribute to Ronnie Scott band.

“Someone played me a record of an English guy named Dick Pearce, do you know him?
I love the way he plays  …he plays the way I’d like to play! ”

                                             Jack Sheldon.