Guitarist/Udist/Author/Professor/Producer/Daddy/Dog Owner Jeff Peretz was born in Newark, NJ in 1968. He is a faculty member of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, Third Street Music School Settlement, The New School University, and Marymount Manhattan College. His books include Zen and the Art of Guitar (Alfred 2003), Guitar Atlas: The Middle East (Alfred 2004), and Guitar Atlas: Cuba (Alfred 2007). Since 1998, Jeff has been the leader and principal composer for Abu Gara, an eclectic ensemble dedicated to the promotion of harmony ...


Jeff’s groups, The Jeff Peretz Group and Abu Gara been performing for over 20 years in all of the major venues in NYC and have been featured in the St. Marx Park and Citibank Summer Concert Series’. His annual concerts for the Artist Performance Series at the Third Street Music Settlement have garnered rave reviews and have been known to attract audience members as diverse as jazz guitar master Jim Hall and bassist/composer Yosi Fine. Because of their dedication to promoting peace and humanity, Abu Gara is often invited to perform for special events ...

Michael J. Fox Foundation

Jeff has been a key member of the Fox Foundation

Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

For the past eight years, Jeff has been the in-house music theory professor for the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music



Since producing the debut album for the Jeff Peretz Group - Vitality of Expression - in 1993, Jeff has been involved in the studio with many different projects in several different capacities.


As founder and director of the Electric Guitar Performance Program at Manhattan's Third Street Music School Settlement, Jeff maintains a busy teaching schedule ...