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The Jazz FM Awards 2013: Meet the Nominees: PB Underground – Live UK Shows of the Year


The PB Underground, led by star drummer Pete Ray Biggin, is the UK’s hottest funk sensation. Since forming in 2008 the band has been taking the UK funk scene by storm, building its loyal fan base and sweeping reviewers off their feet in a blitz of energy, showmanship and ferocious musical talent. The PBUG musicians are a who’s who of the hottest session players on the London scene. Regular singers include Daniel Pearce, Brendan Reilly, Imaani, Vanessa Haynes and Patrick Alan. The core rhythm section features Matt Cooper (keyboards), Ben Jones (guitar) and Alexei Elfenbein (bass), while Dan Carpenter (trumpet) heads up a stellar horn section together with Sean Freeman & Richard Beesley (saxes), and Alistair White (trombone). Pete Ray Biggin is the band’s MD and predominant songwriter – a drummer of cult status as a member of elite, and a regular performer with bands including Level 42, Incognito, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan and Mark Ronson.  Prior to sell-out 2012 shows across the major London jazz venues, the PBUG headlined at the Jazz Café in November 2011 as part of the London Jazz Festival, popping up en route at venues including Kensington Roof Gardens, the Pigalle Club, Cargo and Maya. Track back further and you’ll see the birth of the PB Underground in a couple of spontaneous late-night sessions at Abbey Road, establishing its reputation as a fireball of energy from the first beat… and they haven’t let up since!