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.
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT DAN PETERSON February 04, 2004
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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