JJ Peart Esquire was born in 1939 in Jamaica. He immigrated to England in 1960. He had read a lot about England at school and liked what he read .
When he first landed in the UK, it was different from what he had read, but he ended up loving it! . He started music in the late 60’s, beginning with learning to play the saxophone. He was also exploring different instruments like the drums and bass guitar. Playing guitar really interested him and he found this really suited him He enjoyed it so much that he would spend hours practising right up until the middle of the night!
He then began looking out for musicians to form a band. In those days it was not hard to find musicians but to form a good sounding band was the real challenge.
He ended up putting a 7 piece band together and named the group ‘The Endeavour Band ‘
There were not any rehearsal studios back then. Lots of bands used to rehearse their music in their home cellars. This was a popular way with all musicians. An alternative was to get friendly with a pub owner. The pub would sometimes give you space for your band to rehearse in return for you putting on a free show for the pub owner.
The band rehearsed in his home in the spare room, which he named ‘The Music Room’.
The band played all sorts of genres. Reggae, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Country Western etc..
He called many venues to seek out work for the band and it was no problem. There were so many places to perform & earn money. There were plenty of pubs, clubs, social clubs.
Some of the shows his band performed were at the then famous HP sauce factory, Ansels brewery in Aston Birmingham , Social clubs, Corporate Events and also at many hotels. The famous Penns Hall Hotel Birmingham was great to play. .The band worked all around the UK. Even in the middle of the week, there was work for the band in Derby, Leeds, Wales and so on. They were very popular with all the venues, because they catered for all tastes.
He still had the band, but had the bug to be more involved in music & became a DJ working at other venues. He was called by many venues. Sometimes working with his band early in the evening then running off to a club to work as a DJ. This all happened during the 70’s 80’s 90’s.
He played a lot of popular music & mixed it up with old music playing all genres.
He was very versatile and played Caribbean clubs to Irish clubs. He worked a lot at the Irish centre in Birmingham.
As a DJ, he also worked in so many clubs around Birmingham. Playing anywhere from Handsworth in Birmingham to as far as Sheffield, Leeds and Preston and some on. He performed lots of reggae events and Irish events like he had done at the Irish Centre in Digbeth.
At his local church.he formed a choir named ‘ The Erdington Sixways Baptist Church Male Voice Choir’ consisting of 10 members including the minister of the Baptist Church. The minister was absolutely delighted to be part of the choir. They started off as one of the performers at a gospel concert at Erdington Baptist the church which was fantastic for everybody! The choir was then invited to the next concert. They got invited to be the star guest for a Christmas event at a Residential home in Erdington, Birmingham. They were recently booked for other concerts too, but because of Covid 19, they understand and respect the cancellations.
Due to the lockdown, he decided to start recording some gospel songs. He chose songs that were very close to his heart. These songs took him back to his childhood in Jamaica . He started with 3 songs, recording them together with the help of his son. ‘eLAY’
He hadn’t done a voice recording before and found it very interesting, lots of fun and Inspirational. He also recorded a video of one of the 3 songs to go with the EP.
Limited copies of the JJ Peart Esquire EP are available on CD for £5
Dear to their heart, they’re donating a portion off each CD to
The Cancer Centre
Queen Elizabeth Hospitlal
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