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Pete Smyser is a virtuoso guitarist residing in Harleysville, PA. Jazz critics have likened Smyser to such legendary guitarists as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Jim Hall. Smyser is an endorser for American Archtop Guitars and is listed among greats in the book - The Jazz Guitar, Its Evolution, Its Players and Personalities Since 1900 (Ashley Mark Publishing Co.). Pete was on the Artist Roster of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) from 1997-2004.
Smyser has released the following recordings as a leader; “Wee Small Hours” (a solo, 7-string jazz guitar album released in 2018), “An Affair to Remember” (which featured the #1 requested song of 2014 on WRTI’s “Hot 11 Countdown”), “The Jerome Kern Concert …LIVE!” (which peaked at #37 of the jazz radio charts nationally and stayed on the top 50 for several weeks in 2012), “Solo Guitar - Jazz on the Classic”, “Opportunity Knocks”, “Pete Smyser and Larry McKenna”, “The Scene is Clean” and “Out of Nowhere." These recordings are available through most popular music websites such as Spotify, CD Baby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, etc.
Although his primary style is in the jazz idiom, performing with his custom made 7-string archtop guitar, Pete performs many musical genres including classical, jazz, contemporary and more. Smyser’s training included both classical and jazz music. Video examples demonstrating these diverse styles can be viewed on Pete’s YouTube Channel.
Smyser has over 20 years of professional teaching experience and was part of the jazz faculty at Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) from 2006 through 2015. He currently offers private guitar instruction from his home studio in Harleysville, PA.