Bringing you the best in hot jazz, Dixieland, & swing from the 20's, 30's & 40's and funky New Orleans Mardi Gras music. We're a versatile band from hard driving Dixieland, to classic ballads, to the sound of a New Orleans brass band, to happy sing-a longs, all the while keeping you entertained. We're normally a 7 piece ensemble featuring several vocalists in addtion to playing trombone, trumpet, clarinet, keyboard, guitar & drums, with doubles on banjo, tuba, saxophone, & euphonium, & a dynamic female vocalist! The Taters will bring toe tappin', finger snappin' excitment to any event you my have!
Peter Jensen and his band of merry men made an extremely sad day one of joy for our extended family and many many friends 150 in all. My husband always said he wanted a New Orleans second line jazz funeral and boy did they deliver! I didn't really know how to coordinate it but Pete took over leading us all with a slow jazz piece up to the indoor where the ceremony was to take place (first line). Once we put my husbands urn into his beloved race boat there was a moment of silence and THEN Holy smoke they broke into happy music and led us all around and around (second line). I could just be in the moment not having to think of anything but just being part of it all!!!!! And let me tell you he hit it out of the ballpark! This was in the beginning of June it is now July and people are still commenting on it as the very best funeral they had ever attended. I also want to mention that many of the men drove over 2 hours to get here because they knew I wanted to give this final gift to my husband Thank you to Pete and his wonderful ensemble for making it all happen.
Hot Taters has been a stellar attraction at a special Independence Day celebration at Tower Hill Church for several years. It wouldn't be the same without them! They love to include the audience in the old favorites, and really know how to keep a party going!
The Hot Taters entertained at a very active senior center in Norristown PA.-- Montco SAAC. They were excellent. The audience had a great time. The band members are so personable and their enthusiastic attitude had many dancing and singing along.
Hot Taters gigged at our senior adult activity center. Thanks to their swinging beat and energetic groove, folks couldn't resist clapping their hands and moving their feet. An absolutely fantastic time was had by all. Thanks Hot Taters-- please come back for another visit.
Our Residents cannot wait until "HOT TATERS" returns to entertain for another afternoon. The band was absolutely sensational, not only with the music, but in their ability to engage the residents during the performance. Thanks a million!
The Hot Taters definitely made our 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Four Seasons community a huge success. Their entertainment was second to none. Outstanding
performance....Tom Kane, Chairman House and Recreation Committee, Four Seasons at Wall, NJ.
We are a college swing dance club and hired the Hot Taters for one of our three swing riots a year. Not only did they come with great character and enthusiasm, but they were easy to work with, responsive and creative. We loved having them and their great sound. If you are looking for a fast paced, fun loving and funky group you've found them!
The Deacons at Warminster Presbyterian Church hold an annual themed senior luncheon for all congregants 65 and older. This year's theme was Mardi Gras, and we had the Hot Taters as the entertainment. The band was excellent! Every one had such a good time, and the bad was so good at involving the attendees in their performance. We received many Thank You cards from the attendees, all noting how much they loved he band. We will definitely look to hire them for future for events!
Pete Jenson (band leader) was vibrant and energetic on stage and very interactive with the crowd. All of the other band members were also very interactive and played an excellent 1-hour set. Our congregants loved the show.
From a business end, Pete Jensen was very accessible to discuss and plan the event. He offered very reasonable pricing and offered very flexible payment options. There were no hidden charges and we were billed what was quoted.
In addition, the band was extremely flexible with the needs of the venue (e.g. stage/set up size, accessibility, etc.) and Pete only asked that we had enough electrical outlets. The band took very little time to set up and was not disruptive at all. They also were very efficient and considerate when "breaking down" after the performance and did not disrupt any post-band activities.
I fully recommend the Hot Taters.
The Hot Taters performed in Bradley Beach NJ, for a wonderful Forth of July weekend show. They put on a great show, full of fun, and crowd engagement! Everyone had a great time, full of smiles and dancing, and I am still getting positive feedback from the audience. They are a talented and fun group, and would recommend them highly! -Nicole
We had a great time when the Hot Taters performed at our Senior Center. The band played with great enthusiasm. The keyboardist seemed to really to be enjoying what he was doing. They wore costumes reminiscent of the Music Man. They played a nice variety of tunes.
The Hot Taters had the group totally engaged in our facility last week. The music was fantastic and the personality of the band had the crowd on their toes, clapping and humming along if they did not know the songs. Thanks for a great event.
The Hot Taters delivered a better time than anyone expected. We were all toe tapping, singing along and even those who never dance were out on the floor. The Taters strutted, performed and clowned around and their vocalist Demetria Bailey was marvelous.
A Very Good Time was haas by all !l
Our guests are still in awe about the addition of this amazing band to my husband's surprise 30th birthday. The Hot Taters were amazing and even braved the 20 degree winter temps to make sure our second line was successful! Looking forward to working with them again in the future.
Excellent musicians that embody the soul of Mardi Gras. This band brought the party. They went above and beyond to make the event a success. Very professional. You will not be disappointed.
It was a jumpin' jazz event for our loyal guests. . The Hot Taters are THE most skilled and 'jive' group around. . we were sooo very fortunate to find them and to share them & their amazing sound with our guests ~ Thanks Pete!
We hired Pete Jensen and the Hot Taters for the 90th birthday party of a dear friend who grew up in New Orleans. Many of the 80 or so guests were also brought up in the New Orleans culture. The Hot Taters were the hit of the entire party. They arrived in brightly colored Mardu Gras costumes, performed "When The Saints" and other traditional Dixieland tunes and had the whole party dancing and clapping! They even led a "second line" throughout the entire property, and of course they led everyone in a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday." I highly recommend the Hot Taters.
Hot Taters put on a very entertaining gig on Sunday 7/14/13 for our Cape May Traditional Jazz Society at the VFW in Cape May, NJ. Pete Jensen and his Hot Taters guys were a lively swinging fun show of some great old traditional New Orleans/Dixieland songs. We had a good crowd of Dixieland lovers that gave Pete and his guys a standing ovation after the "Saints". We look forward to the Hot Taters return to the VFW in November for their next gig.
Cape May Traditional Jazz Society
Hot Taters performed for Glen Foerd's annual summer concert series. The audience had a super fun time. They put on quite a show. Everyone raved about the show and what a great time they had.
We hired the "Hot Taters" to entertain at our "Friday Nights at the Lake" and Farmers Market in downtown Hightstown. They have played for the past 4 years. Everyone enjoys their music hence giving us a great turnout.
The only regret I have Is that due to the shortened market days this year we are only able to have them once. I would bring them back in a second.
You will truly enjoy their music for any occasion. Very professional to work with and friendly ! I would highly recommend ! Especially outdoors !
I hired the Hot Taters for our Mardi Gras party. They were terrific in energizing the crowd with their great music. I would definitely recommend them and will hire them again.
The core of the band started as another group in late 2008. In June 2009, it morphed into the Hot Taters. Since then we've played weddings, dances, Trenton's Arts Festival, Princeton's Communiversaty Day, wineries, farmer's markets, & other private affairs. The band consists of musicians who have played with Grover Washinton,Jr, Gene Krupa, Sister Sledge, Bobby Rydell, Tony Bennett, the Temptations & the Glen Miller Orchestra, to name a few. With muti-instrumentalists, & varied singers we keep the event moving with happy, enthusiastic playing of songs of the 20's, 30's, 40's, & the Mardi Gras! We also have a dynamic female vocalist available. We're available for any type of event you may have. Thanks for reading.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 18, 2018 • 7:15pm - 9:00pm||Hot Taters Concert Southampton Township NJ|
|August 04, 2018 • 5:30pm - 5:45pm||Wedding in Towson, Md|
Past Booked Events
|July 06, 2018 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Brandywine Living E. Norriton, PA|
|June 02, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Memorial Service in Blairstown, NJ|
|December 31, 2017 • 5:15pm - 6:45pm||Dock Woods Lansdale PA|
|November 13, 2017 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm||Brandywine Living East Norriton PA|
|October 28, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Knights of Columbus Aniversary Norristown PA|
|October 21, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||J.O.O.U.A.M. National Convention Ocean City NJ|
|September 27, 2017 • 11:45am - 12:15pm||Funeral Woodbridge NJ|
|September 16, 2017 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Four Seasons At Wall Manasquan NJ|
|September 14, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Hero Campaign Banquet Galloway NJ|
|September 09, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Pennsville Septemberfest Pennsville NJ|
|August 26, 2017 • 11:30am - 1:00pm||Baseball Celebration Southampton Twp NJ|
|July 12, 2017 • 7:15pm - 9:00pm||Southampton Twp Concert Series, Southampton NJ|
|July 03, 2017 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Hero Campaign Atlatic City NJ|
|July 02, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Strawberry Festival, Red Bank, NJ|
|March 17, 2017 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm||Brandywine Living, Norristown, PA|
|February 26, 2017 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm||Brandywine Living, Norristown, PA|
|December 26, 2016 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||House Party, Blue Bell, PA|
|December 26, 2016 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm||Brandywine Living , E. Norriton, PA|
|December 11, 2016 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Christmas Party Corpus Christi Church Lansdale, PA|
|November 30, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Senior Adult Activities Center Norristown, PA|
|November 27, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Media Holiday Parade, Media, Pa.|
|November 15, 2016 • 6:45pm - 7:45pm||Ann's Choice, Warminster, Pa 6:45pm to 7:45pm|
|November 11, 2016–November 12, 2016 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Dickinson College "Swing Riot", Carlisle, PA|
|November 05, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Warminster Presbyterian, Warminster, Pa 1 to 2|
|September 18, 2016 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Penn Center House, Philadelphia, Pa. 7:30 to 8:30|
|July 09, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Barbuzzo's Restrauant Philadelphia, Pa.|
|July 03, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Strawberry Festival, Red Bank, NJ 5 to 7|
|July 02, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Riley Park Bradley Beach, NJ 7 to 9 pm|
|June 29, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Senior Adult Activities Center, Norristown, Pa.|
|June 03, 2016 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Ann's Choice Warminster, Pa 11am to 12pm|
|May 28, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Memorial Day Parade Marcus Hook, Pa|
|April 29, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||20's Party Arbor Glen Bridgewater, NJ 4 to 5:30|
|March 13, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Elkins Central 7879 Spring Avenue Elkins Park, Pa 3 to 5|
|September 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Primavera Regency, Sterling, NJ Private Birthday Party, 7:30-8:00|
|September 11, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Bridgewater Library (NJ) 7:30 to 9|
|September 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party, Skillman, NJ 6:00-6:30|
|January 10, 2015||Birthday Party|
|November 14, 2014||Corporate Event|
|August 31, 2014||Birthday Party|
|April 05, 2014||Funeral Service|
|Peter Jensen||trombone, trumpet, tuba, euphonium, cornet, flugelhorn, vocals|
|Henry Dale||piano, banjo|
|Bob 'Mose' Marsley||drums|
|Pete Souders||Soprano sax, tenor sax, clasrinet, vocals|
|Demetria Joyce Bailey||Vocialist|
|Wayne Martorelli||guitar, vocals|