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Peter Hand

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Peter Hand

PETER HAND is a critically-acclaimed jazz guitarist, composer and arranger who performs in settings ranging from solo to big band. A New York City native, he took classical piano lessons as a child before switching to guitar in his early teens. Growing up in New York in the mid-1960s, Peter was fortunate to hear many great artists from different musical genres perform in venues from Greenwich Village to Broadway to Carnegie Hall. After first becoming aware of blues artists such as Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and others, he become especially interested in the blues guitar sounds of B.B. King, Albert King and Buddy Guy, and worked at developing his own style and sound....
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Featured recording “Peter Hand Big Band Featuring Houston Person-The Wizard Of Jazz”

Latest Release

Peter Hand Big Band Featuring Houston Person-The Wizard Of Jazz

Savant Records (2009)

Events Calendar

Date Event Ticket
Sep18 Peter Hand Quintet
Byram Shubert Library
Greenwich, CT

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“His music is beautiful” - Jon Lucien

“I’ve found my Gil Evans” - Houston Person

“The Peter Hand Big Band has my vote for the 2009 Grammy Awards best big band recording.” Frank-John Hadley – DOWNBEAT columnist, author

“One of my personal best jazz CDs of 2009.” Dan Morgenstern – Jazz Historian, Author, Host-”Jazz From The Archives” WBGO-FM (Newark, NJ)

“Peter Hand’s writing draws on the creative tradition of fine big bands. Listen to his bossa nova arrangement of ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ for a good example of his fresh approach to familiar songs (and originals). His soulful guitar solo on ‘Stormy Weather’ is a plus - another facet of his art.” Dr. Lewis Porter – jazz pianist, educator and author (”John Coltrane-His Life and Music”)

(****) “...a dream big band” “...upper echelon artists playing great arrangements” AUDIOPHILE AUDITION – Jeff Krow

“...this is an all-star band, and there are admirable statements along the way by guitarist Hand” ALL ABOUT JAZZ – Jack Bowers

“…inspired voicings for the brass and reeds.” “...potent writing for the horns...” BILLBOARD/ALL MUSIC GUIDE – Ken Dryden

“Highly Recommended CDs of 2009” (Peter Hand Big Band) Ed Love – Jazz Radio Host, “Destination Jazz” WDET-FM (Detroit, MI)

“One of our top 2009 Traditional Jazz Golden Selections” (Rated “5 Stars” for performance – highest rating) O’S PLACE JAZZ MAGAZINE – D. Oscar Groomes

“..Talented guitarist and arranger Peter Hand and wonderful band members Don Braden, Ralph Lalama, Richard Wyands and Harvie S come together” “The arrangements are very modern, thoroughly enjoyable” CATFISH RECORDS (Japan)

“...compelling writing and execution for a large orchestra. A highly recommended recording.” CUADERNOS DE JAZZ (Jazz Journal, Spain) - Frederico Garcia Herraiz

“Special kudos here for the marvelous arrangement…” (”The Man That Got Away”) “...a thoroughly captivating recording.” JAZZ & BLUES REPORT – Ron Weinstock

(CD Reviews, “How Little We Know” - Saxophonist Jeff Hackworth, Big Bridge Music):

“Guitarist Hand delivers a powerful Blues statement” CADENCE MAGAZINE

“Guitarist Peter Hand joins the core group...also shines here in support; I am especially enamored of the tunes the guitarist appears on.” JAZZCHICAGO.NET – Brad Walseth

“..highlights belong to the accompanying musicians: guitarist Hand’s solo on 'This Is Always'” JAZZTIMES

“Hand’s guitar is full and rounded, comfortable in the groove of the melody” ALL ABOUT JAZZ - Jerry D’Souza

(CD Review, “Thinking of You” - Houston Person, HighNote Records):

“ ‘Brazilian Emerald’ (Peter Hand composition) is displayed as a crisp, brightly burnished bossa nova illuminated by bebop voicings by trumpeter Eddie Allen” HARTFORD COURANT - Owen McNally

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