As a guitarist, bandleader, composer and co-
Peter’s appreciation for the rich harmonic structure and deep chordal textures of standards can partly be attributed to his classes with Joe Pass — the jazz guitar icon best known for accompanying Sara Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. Peter showed rare talent even before then, emerging from a statewide jazz competition as the best high school jazz guitarist in Illinois. But then, one “nice, safe, day job” led to another career path altogether, which led further and further away from the one thing he really wanted to do — play guitar.
Pangs of regret lingered for years until one day, Peter lived out the fantasy of millions by quitting his day job and moving to a cheap neighborhood where he could devote his days to practicing and his nights to taking every available gig.
After nearly a decade of eking out a sideman’s living playing swing, gypsy jazz,
blues, country, rockabilly and soul, Peter finally took center stage with the release
of the 2015 album “Whisper Not.” His debut established his West Coast Cool Jazz take
Fueled by the positive response, Peter immediately returned to the studio (“I finally
love my job!”) and began recording his 2016 follow-
“Silver Lining” builds on the sophisticated, luxurious, midcentury sound of “Whisper Not” but takes the arrangements in exciting new directions with more horns, more blues, and ambitious arrangements of tunes from Dave Brubeck, Rodgers & Hart and more great 20th century composers. From the sparkling, title track to a soulful rendition of “Sunny” featuring electric piano, a Latin jazz take on “Our Day Will Come” and the minor blues of the original closing composition “Blue and Then You,” Peter Kavanaugh inspires listeners to take a fresh look around and see the potential of the future…the sky’s the limit!