Jeff plays "Ka Wai O Kaupo"

Jeff at Slack Key Festival "Hawaiian Skies"
(as heard on The Descendants)

Concerto for Slack Key Guitar & Orchestra
Malama 'Aina

Girl From Ipanema on American Voices
Tour to Brazil, 2013

Hotel Street

Jeff plays "Paniolo Soul"

YouTube:  Jeff demonstrates Slack Key Guitar

Hear the music: Aloha Tango.mp3

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Jeff Peterson

“Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”… “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite”… “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz” (Honolulu Advertiser)

“… one of our leading, innovative exponents of Hawaiian slack key guitar. An exceptionally talented guitarist, fluent in a variety of styles from jazz and classical to slack key” (Maui News)

2018 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellow

Winner! 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii's Grammy) for Instrumental Album of the Year for Wahi Pana, Songs of Place

Winner! 2016 & 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Slack Key Album of the Year

Guitar virtuoso Jeff Peterson is a star of the next generation of slack key guitar players.  A two-time Grammy winner, Jeff takes the open tunings of Hawaiian slack key to explore multiple genres with confidence.  His passsion for the guitar shines through his solo performances, and his deep knowledge of open as well as standard tunings has allowed him to collaborate with a wide variety of artists and orchestras.  HJis talent with slack key, classical, and jazz guitar styles has given him a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

Jeff has written a Concerto for Slack Key Guitar and Orchestra, Malama ‘Aina, which premiered in 2016 with the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra. Hawai‘i premiere coming up with the Hawai‘i Symphony Dec 10, 2017.

Five of Jeff's songs were featured in the award-winning George Clooney film The Descendents.  His most recent solo CD Wahi Pana (Songs of Place) won the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award, following Awards for Best Slack Key Album in 2014 and 2016.  In 2011, his two Grammy-nominated CDs - his solo Maui On My Mind and Slack Key Masters collaboration with Amy Hanaiali'i, both won Na Hoku Awards. In 2018, he was awarded an Artist in Business Leadership fellowship from the First People's Fund, which honors and supports the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers. This year, he was also awarded a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, in recognition of his music.

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