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 and unity through musical expression. Jeff is also a sought after studio musician and producer. He and his guitar have worked with Grammy-award winning producers Mark Ronson, Rock Wilder and Joe “Flip” Wilson on recordings for artists such as Jay-Z, Rev. Run, The Cheetah Girls and Salt–n–Pepa.

As a producer, Jeff has produced albums and songs for Lana Del Ray, Cheyenne Tozzi, The Americans, The Middle Eight, The Amygdaloids, and Hysterics as well as the John Lennon Songwriting Contest “Song of the Year” winner “Bridge Song” byEliza Callahan and Fly Baby’s “Show Me the Money” (featured on HBO’s “How To Make It In America”). As a composer, he has written for TV and film as well as the music for the off-Broadway hit “Why We Don’t Bomb the Amish.” Jeff spent the spring of 2010 touring North America with platinum selling recording artist Daniel Merriweather in support of Corrine Bailey Rea’s “The Sea” tour, which included appearances on The David Letterman Show and the Ellen Degeneres Show.