Jeff Peterson represents the next generation of slack key guitar players with a manner and style that’s been described as “impeccable,” “exquisite,” and “brilliant” by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The Maui News praised Peterson as “one of our leading, innovative exponents of Hawaiian slack key guitar. An exceptionally talented guitarist.” Jeff takes the open tunings of Hawaiian slack key to explore multiple genres, like Traditional, Classical, and Jazz. His active hybridization of styles has given him a unique and transcendent voice, all while staying in touch his Hawaiian heritage.
His music was featured in the 2011 film, The Descendants, starring George Clooney. His recent solo album, Slack Key Travels, won the 2014 Nā Hōku for Slack Key Album of the Year. In 2011, his two Grammy-nominated albums, Maui on My Mind and Slack Key Masters, also won Nā Hōku Awards. He’s performed with music legends Eric Clapton, Led Kaapana, Sir James Galway, and Michael Feinstein, among others.