Pete Callard

Pete CallardPete occupied NYJO’s guitar chair for four years, up until 1999, during which time he was also, for 10 years, a tutor at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, where he was instrumental in establishing their guitar degree course.

Later he went to America and enrolled at the Guitar Institute in Los Angeles, with the intention of learning more about jazz and gradually made a transition from fusion to jazz. Pete subsequently graduated as Outstanding Student of the Year from the Musicians’ Institute in Hollywood, California.

Since returning to England he has played with many top names, including Lionel Richie, Queen, Annie Lennox, The Bee Gees, Ronan Keating, Will Young, Shirley Bassey and Chaka Khan, in addition to being involved with numerous TV shows, films and recordings.

Pete leads his own jazz quartet and is a member of the electronica outfit Shpongle, with whom he’s recorded several albums and performed around the world. In the guitar community he’s perhaps best known for his regular columns in Guitar Techniques, Guitarist and Total Guitar magazines.