Jeff Peterson

Guitar & ‘Ukulele Masters

Jeff Peterson

Photos: Erin McNally, Geoffrey C Lewis

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

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, flair, and impeccable style. His passion 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. He has now been recognized with 13 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawai’i’s “Grammy”), in such categories as Best Slack Key Album, Best Instrumental Album, and Best Instrumental Composition. His most recent album, Mele Nahenahe, Soothing Sound of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, was awarded the 2022 Nā Hōku Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and the lead track Halemaʻumaʻu won Instrumental Composition of the Year. His 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. In 2018, he was awarded a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation fellowhip.

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 with the Hawai‘i Symphony Dec 10, 2017), and is available to guest with orchestra and chamber ensembles. Five of his original songs were featured in the award-winning George Clooney film The Descendants.

 

Tour Schedule

2022

TBA

 PLEASE NOTE: Dates are subject to change due to the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic.

Past Tour Dates

2022

Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson, with Moanalani Beamer, hula

Sat, May 7, 2022, Kaua’i HI
A benefit fundraiser for the Mokihana Club 

Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour with George Kahumoku Jr, Jeff Peterson, & Sonny Lim

Thurs March 10, 2022 – Center for the Arts, Grass Valley CA

Fri, March 11, 2022 – The Historic Lobo Theater, Albuquerque NM
Presented by AMP Concerts

Sat, March 12, 2022 – New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe NM
Presented by AMP Concerts

Wed, March 16, 2022 – Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Thurs, March 17, 2022 – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley CA

Fri, March 18 & Sat, March 19, 2022 – The Smith Center for the Performing Arts,
Las Vegas NV

Sun, March 20, 2022 – Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA

Wed, March 23, 2022 – Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane WA
Presented by SBL Entertainment

Fri, March 25, 2022 – Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, Kent WA
Presented by the City of Kent

Sat, March 26, 2022 – Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds WA

Wed, March 30, 2022 – Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR

Thurs, March 31, 2022 – Tower Theatre, Bend OR
Presented by SBL Entertainment

Fri, April 1, 2022 – The John G Shedd Institute, Eugene OR

Sun, April 3, 2022 – The Egyptian Theatre, Boise ID
Presented by SBL Entertainment

With Keola Beamer, Uluwehi Guerrero & Moanalani Beamer

Sat, Apr 4, 2020, Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue HI
A benefit fundraiser for the Mokihana Club

2020 – Masters of Hawaiian Music – with George Kahumoku Jr & Nathan Aweau

Sat, Mar 7, 2020, Daniels Hall, Denver CO
presented by Swallow Hill Music

Sun, Mar 8, 2020, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Fri, Mar 13, 2020, The Guitar Sanctuary, McKinney TX

With Keola Beamer & Moanalani Beamer

2020

Sun, Jan 12, 2020, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CA

Tues, Jan 14, 2020, The Triple Door, Seattle WA

Thurs, Jan 16, 2020, Lincoln Theatre, Mt Vernon WA

2019

With Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer

Mon, Oct 14, 2019, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR

Thurs, Oct 17, 2019, Kirkland Performing Arts Center, Kirkland WA

Across the Sea – with Tsun-Hui Hung & Greg Sardinha

Fri, Sept 6, 2019, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana IL
Ellnora The Guitar Festival

Sun, Sept 8, 2019, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL

Wed, Sept 11, 2019, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley CA

Thurs, Sept 12, 2019, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson with Moanalani Beamer

2019

Sat, March 9, 2019, Kauai Beach Resort, Lihue, Kauai HI

2018

Mon, Oct 8, 2018, The Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene OR

Tues, Oct 9, 2018, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland OR

Sun, Oct 14, 2018, Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA
Presented by Brown Rock LLC

Thurs, Oct 18, 2018, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom CAS

Sat, Oct 20, 2018, The Old Steeple, Ferndale CA

Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Blue Note Napa, Napa CA

Wed, Oct 24, 2018, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Fri, Oct 26, 2018, Daniels Hall, Denver CO
Presented by Swallow Hill Music

2018 – Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr, Led Kaapana & Jeff Peterson

Sat, Feb 10 & Sun, Feb 11, 2018, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna VA

Mon, Feb 12, 2018, WaR3House3, Swarthmore PA

Thurs, Feb 15, 2018, Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis MN

Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL

Sun, Feb 18, 2018, Music Box Cleveland, Cleveland OH

Fri, Feb 23, 2018, Café Stritch, San Jose CA

Wed, Feb 28, 2018, The John G Shedd Institute, Eugene OR

Fri, Mar 2 & Sat, Mar 3, 2018, The Triple Door, Seattle WA

Tues, Mar 6, 2018, The Sofia, Sacramento CA

Thurs, Mar 8, 2018, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA

Fri, Mar 9 & Sat, Mar 10, 2018, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV

Sun, Mar 11 & Mon, Mar 12, 2018, California Center for the Arts, Escondido CA

Thurs, Mar 15, 2018, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, Irvine Barclay Theater, Irvine CA

Sat, Mar 17, 2018, Daniels Hall, Denver CO

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