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Dan Peterson

Kansas City guitar prodigy, Dan Peterson opened for national acts such as Steve Miller Band, Strawberry Alarm Clock, etc at age 13. Peterson toured the midwest in a blues band in the early 70's. He later opened for Tom Petty, Journey etc, before pursuing the modern cool jazz school of guitar. As a member of a university jazz band he toured Europe in 1976. During this two year stint, Peterson participated in college jazz band clinics and/or performances with Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Bob Hope, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, etc, which furthered his interest in the pursuit of esoteric modern jazz guitar explorations.

Peterson's first solo LP' Voice of the Trees” was released in 1979 to critical acclaim by national magazines, Guitar Player, Stereo Review, Audio Magazine, etc. He was an Illinois Arts Council grant winner for jazz guitar composition and recording projects in the early 80's.

Continued critical acclaim in major music publications for the following albums,”New Life Suite”, “A Prayer for the Innocent”, “In Praise of The Father”, “The Blue Season”, “Illinois Jazz Project” and 2005 release “Forward View” followed Peterson's recording career.

Rave reviews by Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar, Guitar Digest, and featured in articles by Roland User Group Magazine, Peavey Monitor Magazine, Illinois Entertainer, etc. have documented a prolific recording career spanning 35 years. Peterson, who walked away from an active role in music for nearly ten years, recently returned to the recording scene by displaying playing skills and compositions far advanced from his earlier work. His current project, “Be a Blessing”, will be released in April 2013.

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GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT DAN PETERSON February 04, 2004 Daniel Peterson Illinois Jazz Project Talented multi-instrumentalist Peterson delivers plenty of smooth, glass-of- Cognac-after-a-night-of-clubbing moments on this jazz set, and hepcats of the Playboy glory days will absolutely revel in his melodic forays and tuxedo- sophisticate tone. Another bonus is his reverence for songs and song structures. You can groove to these tracks as background ambience or as a critical listener and never feel as if you’re being pulled too far out of your comfort zone. In other words, Illinois Jazz Project is definitely produced to caress and please, rather than challenge your sensibilities of melody, harmony, and tone

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