Music Theory for Producers
Advanced Music Theory for Producers
B.M. Jazz Performance, William Paterson University
BiographyGuitarist/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). He is currently writing a text/reference book on music theory and arranging for producers and engineers.
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. With its innovative blend of Middle Eastern rhythms and Western harmonies, Abu Gara is a collective that features many of NYC's most notable World Musicians. Aside from his work on the stage, Jeff is also a sought-after studio musician and producer. He and his guitar have worked with Grammy-award winning producers Mark Ronson (who he performed with at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the Young Patrons Society’s annual Fall Masquerade Gala), Rock Wilder and Joe “Flip” Wilson on recording for such artists as Jay-Z, Rev. Run, The Cheetah Girls and Salt–n-Pepa. As a producer Jeff has produced albums and songs for Lizzy Grant, The Americans, The Middle Eight, The Amygdaloids, and Hysterics as well as the John Lennon Songwriting Contest “Song of the Year” winner “Bridge Song” by Eliza 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, most recently scoring the festival favorite “The Driving Lesson” as well as composing the music for the Off Broadway hit “Why We Don’t Bomb the Amish”. Jeff spent the spring touring North America with Platinum selling recording artist Daniel Merriweather in support of Corrine Bailey Rea’s “The Sea” tour that included appearances on The David Letterman Show as well as the Ellen Degeneres Show. He has been most recently collaborating with Mr. Merriweather for his upcoming sophomore release on J-Records which will feature the Peretz/Merriweather song “Love".
Jeff currently lives in Brooklyn with his dog, Thomas, and vows to "never live in Manhattan again." Read more at www.jeffperetz.com.