Jeff Peterson (guitarist)

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Jeff Peterson is a slack key guitar player from Maui, Hawaii. The son of a paniolo at Haleakala Ranch, Jeff was exposed to the sounds of slack key at an early age.

Jeff's style fuses traditional Slack Key with elements of classical and jazz guitar,[1] at which styles he is also adept. Jeff studied classical guitar at USC's Thornton School of Music before returning to the islands to play and teach in the Honolulu area.

Jeff has contributed to many albums, including a series of slack key and bamboo flute duets with Riley Lee, several slack key compilations including the Grammy Winning album "Slack Key Guitar Volume 2", "Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Jeff Peterson", as well as his most recent solo album "Maui On My Mind". He performed at BAM's Next Wave Festival in 2008 in collaboration with the string quartet ETHEL.[2]

Jeff has shared the stage with many Hawaiian legends at concerts throughout the islands and Japan, and recently did a stint with the Nashville Symphony.

He is currently a guitar professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Oahu.


  1. ^ "Virtuoso". Hana Hou! Vol. 10 No. 3. Story by Becky Maltby, photos by Brad Goda. June–July 2007. 
  2. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien (16 October 2008). "Sympathy for the Stones From a String Quartet". The New York Times. 

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