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Pete Smyser

Pete Smyser is a virtuoso guitarist residing in Harleysville, PA (near Philadelphia). Jazz critics have likened Smyser to such legendary guitarists as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, and Barney Kessel. Smyser is an endorser for American Archtop Guitars, is listed among greats in the book - “The Jazz Guitar, Its Evolution, Its Players and Personalities Since 1900” (Ashley Mark Publishing Co.), is on the jazz faculty at Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) and was on the Artist Roster of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) from 1997-2004.
Smyser has released 7 CDs as a leader

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“jazz guitar as witnessed during the best of the ‘30’s, ‘40’s and ‘50’s. ...Herb Ellis meets Barney Kessel style… a hint of Jim Hall… No doubt we will be hearing more from Pete Smyser.” -Jazz Improv Magazine
“The mostly trio session (Opportunity Knocks) could stand up to an old Wes Montgomery disc. The swing is deep, the intentions old-school. Smyser's tunes go down easily. The set is highly traditional and worthy of wider recognition.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Harleysville, PA

Willing to teach



Pete Smyser has over 25 years of professional teaching experience. He currently teaches at Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) and from his home studio in Harleysville, PA. Styles taught include jazz, classical, blues, contemporary, folk, rock, etc. Fundamentals of reading, proper technique, theory and ear training are emphasized.


The Jerome Kern Concert Live!
The Jerome Kern...
Self Produced


Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
Joe Pass Joe Pass
Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Bruno
Barney Kessel Barney Kessel
guitar, electric
Jim Hall Jim Hall
Tal Farlow Tal Farlow
Phil Woods Phil Woods
sax, alto
Eddie Condon Eddie Condon
Grace Kelly Grace Kelly
sax, alto
Mark Colby Mark Colby
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