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Peter Janson

Peter Janson is a Boston-based solo guitarist whose passion for weaving elements of Jazz, European, Celtic, and improvisational music into originals and arrangements (covers) have earned him critical acclaim: “the substance of great jazz presented in an original and accessible style. Truly great!” (Jazz keyboardist Steve Hunt), “absolutely one of the best, heartfelt, acoustic players today” (Grammy winning producer, Chuck Ebert), and “a rare 10+” (Spirit of Change Magazine). 

He has performed extensively throughout North America; notably at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Argenta Acoustic Music Series, WUMB Music Festival and more. His guitar work on “Old Black Roller” by Grant Maloy Smith spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including eleven weeks in the Top 10. Peter’s jazz-laced “Beautiful Day” record won Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (NAR Music Awards), and he’s had three solo guitar albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts. Peter has over 2-million BMI verified broadcasts across all media spanning 88 countries.

Dirty Linen Magazine says, “Peter Janson is a gifted acoustic fingerstyle player.”


”Peter Janson's music has the substance of great jazz presented in an original and accessible style. Truly great!” ~ Steve Hunt, keyboardist (Allan Holdsworth, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Angela Bofill, Elektrik Market)

“One of the most enjoyable evenings I have had, attending a concert, in almost 40 years – and I have been to LOTS of concerts.” ~ Lee Greene, concert reviewer, Jacksonville Review, Medford OR

Primary Instrument

Guitar, acoustic



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Peter Janson directs jazz ensembles and teaches a variety of courses, including private guitar instruction, at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a long-time artist-educator in its Performing Arts Department and is proud to be serving the students of such a wonderful minority majority campus. Additionally, he is available for private guitar instruction, via Zoom, (not through UMass) with schedule by arrangement. $100.00 per 90-minute session.

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Places In Time

Eastern Woods Music Records (EWM Records)



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