Peter Bernstein (guitarist)

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Peter Bernstein
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Peter Bernstein at a jazz festival in Buenos Aires
Background information
Birth namePeter Andrew Bernstein
Born (1967-09-03) 3 September 1967 (age 52)
New York City
Years active1990–present
LabelsCriss Cross, Smoke Sessions
Associated actsJim Hall, The Blue Note 7

Peter Andrew Bernstein (born September 3, 1967) is an American jazz guitarist.


Peter Bernstein with Martin Schack organ trio, 2011

Born in New York City on September 3, 1967, Bernstein began playing piano when he was eight but switched to guitar when he was thirteen, learning the instrument primarily by ear. He studied jazz at Rutgers University with Ted Dunbar, and Kenny Barron.

While a student at the New School in New York City, he met guitarist Jim Hall, who offered him a job performing at the JVC Jazz Festival in 1990.[1][2] He then appeared on albums with Jesse Davis, Lou Donaldson, Larry Goldings, Michael Hashim, Geoff Keezer, and Melvin Rhyne. He released his first album as a leader with pianist Brad Mehldau.[1] He has also worked with Jimmy Cobb, Tom Harrell, Diana Krall, Lee Konitz, Eric Alexander, Joshua Redman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Walt Weiskopf.[2]

In 2008, Bernstein became part of the Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded the album Mosaic.[3]

Bernstein plays a Zeidler archtop guitar almost exclusively. The guitar was made in 1981.[4]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Eric Alexander

With Lou Donaldson

With Larry Goldings

  • Intimacy of the Blues (Verve, 1991)
  • Light Blue (Minor Music [UK], 1992)
  • Caminhos Cruzados (Novus/RCA, 1994)
  • Whatever It Takes (Warner Bros., 1995)
  • Big Stuff (Warner Bros., 1996)
  • Moonbird (Palmetto, 1999)
  • As One (Palmetto, 2001)
  • Sweet Science (Palmetto, 2002)

With Mike LeDonne

  • Waltz for an Urbanite (Criss Cross, 1995)
  • Smokin' Out Loud (Savant, 2003)
  • You'll See! (Live at The Cellar) (Cellar Live, 2004)
  • On Fire (Live at Smoke) (Savant, 2006)
  • The Groover (Savant, 2009)
  • Keep the Faith (Savant, 2011)
  • I Love Music (Savant, 2013)
  • Awwl Right! (Savant, 2015)
  • That Feelin' (Savant, 2016)
  • From the Heart (Savant, 2018)

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Joshua Redman

With Melvin Rhyne

  • The Legend (Criss Cross, 1991)
  • Boss Organ (Criss Cross, 1993)
  • Tell It Like It Is (Criss Cross, 1993 [rel. 1994]) with The Tenor Triangle
  • Mel's Spell (Criss Cross, 1994–1995 [rel. 1996])
  • Stick to the Kick (Criss Cross, 1994–1995 [rel. 1997])
  • Aztec Blues (Criss Cross, 1994 [rel. 1998]) with The Tenor Triangle
  • Kojo (Criss Cross, 1997 [rel. 1999])
  • Classmasters (Criss Cross, 1999 [rel. 2000])
  • Tomorrow Yesterday Today (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Front and Center (Criss Cross, 2006)

With Lonnie Smith

  • The Art of Organizing (Criss Cross, 1993 [rel. 2009])
  • Too Damn Hot! (Palmetto, 2004)
  • Jungle Soul (Palmetto, 2005)
  • Rise Up! (Palmetto, 2008)

With others[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Peter Bernstein". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  3. ^ "The Blue Note 7 Celebrates 70 Years of Blue Note Records With Album Release and 50+ City North American Tour". 25 September 2008. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Talking Jazz Guitar With Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Bruno",Scott Krane,9 Jul 2013

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