Pete Jolly lived a double life as studio ace by day and jazz cat by night for over 40 years. A member of
the musicians union since his teens, he settled in Los Angeles in his early 20s and became a member
of Shorty Rogers' Giants, one of the leading West Coast jazz groups. He also began working as a studio
musician in the mid-1950s and decided to divide his energy between the security of studio work and
the artistic satisfaction of playing jazz in local clubs in Los Angeles.
Jolly's father, also named Peter, was a superb accordion player, and he started the boy on the
instrument not long after weaning