Jazz guitarist Jeff Perry has a been called a "fusion guitarist in the best sense of the word" with a "personal voice that encompasses the intelligence of jazz with the emotion of the blues and the romanticism of Brazilian music" (Blues News Magazine) The nationally-known jazz club the Dakota calls him "Fabulous...one of the Twin Cities' Best".
Perry has been recognized for his composing skills by jazz legend and Grammy-winner Dave Holland and by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Schooled both "on the street" and at the country's top music schools - Berklee College of Music, Boston MA and the American Conservatory, Chicago, IL - the guitarist has been influenced by a wide variety of music including Dixieland, swing, Bossa Nova, be bop, cool jazz and pop and rock music. He skillfully combines these influences to create a unique and engaging sound.
Perry’s musical travels have found him playing at top Jazz Clubs, Gospel churches, concert halls, German music festivals, for the likes of US Senators, Fortune 500 CEOs, and big-city Mayors. He has also played at homeless shelters, prisons, and on the street in front of Wrigley Field. You could say Perry's blend of jazz, blues, bossa nova, and soul connects with people from all walks of life. In fact, one of his favorite quotes was not from a music insider but an ordinary music listener at one of his shows who said, "Jeff Perry makes jazz fun."