A Phil Brodie Band Tribute
Jeff Pevar is a multi-instrumentalist,
vocalist, performer and guitarist who has worked and toured with a wide
variety of music's finest as you will read on this page. Performing
with his own band in New York City and throughout the Northeast, nicknamed
"The Peev" Jeff sings & plays his unique blend of R &
B, Jazz and Rock. The Hartford Advocate Readers' Poll has awarded him
"Best Guitarist" and he and his band "Best Blues/Rock
Band" for several years running.
Jeff Pevar in Solvang.
'99. Photo taken by Tim
a few names from too many to mention Jeff had gigged with
Simmons, Bonnie Rait, Marilyn McCoo, Carly Simon, Jeff Bridges, Christopher
Pickett, Don Henley, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, Tom Pirozzoli, B.B.
King, Jim Barbaro.
Rickie Lee Jones
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Ray Charles Orchestra
David Crosby & Graham Nash
Jonatha Brooke & The Story
Donald Fagen & N.Y. Soul
Phil Lesh and Friends
Chris Tofield & Jeff Pevar
INTERVIEW courtesy of .Tom
you remember your first good guitar and amplifier?
OK, well, a "so-called friend" did a Jimi Hendrix smashing
act on my first electric guitar (laughs!). When I was growing up, the
thing that I really was jonesing for, thinking about night and day,
was a black Les Paul Custom.
I was about 13 years old and I would look at the shape of this guitar,
like it was in a Playboy magazine or something- so I just waited and
waited until I was able to get that guitar. Actually, my first Les Paul
style guitar was an Aria that I put Gibson humbuckers in, and then I
found a mid-60's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I was strictly a "Gibson
guy" for many years. More recently I have tended to be more of
a Strat guy. My preference is a strat outfitted with single AND double
coil pickups. As I'm a big fan of dynamics and tonality, I like having
access to the thinner single coil pickupsound as well as the fat humbucking
And there's something about that bell-like quality that you get from
the in- between sound on a Strat. It's such an intimate sound. The single
coils seem to bring out nuance. I've recently acquired a fantastic Tom
Anderson guitar with single and double coil pickups which I like a lot.
Their workmanship is incredible!
The first good amp of note was a 50 watt Marshall half-stack that sounded
great, which I unfortunately sold because of the portability factor,
and I've been kicking myself ever since. So now I have a tendency to
keep everything I get, so I'm starting to amass a bit of a collection
How about your early influences? Was there anyone in particular you
tried to emulate?
Well, like everyone, I was a huge Beatles fan, but guitar player wise,
believe it or not, it was John Fogerty I was first inspired by to learn
to play lead. I was very into Creedence at the time. One of the things
that was so striking to me about his playing was his simplistic, gut-level
pentatonic approach. It really moved me. I could actually sit down and
learn his lines, because they were so simple. He was such a great influence
in the early years of my playing. I'm a self taught player, and I've
never taken any lessons so my instruction was from listening and watching.
I'm not a good sight-reader. When I was touring with Ray Charles, I
had to sight-read charts, but the reason I got the gig was because of
my playing ability, definitely not my sight-reading ability. Ray loved
the blues and that was my forte.
Wow Fogerty, I never would have guessed that! I would have said Jeff
Beck or someone like that-
Jeff Beck WAS a huge influence on me later on, but for playing lead
it really started with Fogerty. I also listened to and was influenced
by a number of other blues/rock style players, including Ten Years After's
Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, and OF COURSE I listened to
Later on I was attracted to the melodic vocabulary of certain jazz-rock
players. I was enthralled by Larry Carlton and Robben Ford's use of
melody, sound and technique, which really influenced my live and studio
playing profoundly. Besides the R&B guitarists we all love, BB King,
Albert King, Stevie Ray and the other REAL roots guys, I also love the
cutting edge musicality of Eric Johnson, Steve Morse and Buzzy Feiten,
to name a few..
What are some of your all-time favorite "Desert Island" guitar
solos, and what is it that you like about them?
There are so many, but off the top of my head I'd have to say
"Kid Charlemagne" by Steely Dan, solo by Larry Carlton - the
composition and the agility in his playing-one of the true masters,
a huge influence on me
"Monmouth College Fight Song" off The YellowJackets' Casino
Nights album,solo by Robben Ford - a beautiful tune with some astonishing
melodic lines, played like a horn player
"Cause We've Ended As Lovers" by Jeff Beck, absolutely beautiful!
"Machine Gun" from Band of Gypsys, solo by Jimi Hendrix -
there are places in his solo where it sounds like someone is screaming,
being riddled by a machine gun-Amazing!
How about your own solo, is there one that stands above the rest that
makes you particularly proud?
I don't think I've recorded it yet! One of my problems is that I'm very
self critical and that's often got in the way of me putting my own record
out, but I'm more recently I'm realizing that music isn't meant to be
perfect - its about capturing a moment and moving on. I'm currently
building my own studio and I do plan on recording my own CD in the very
for full interview
play with 'One Kind Favor' photo courtesy of
has a large collection of guitars made up of 23 solid electrics, 16
3 mandolins, 4 lap steels, 3 dobro/ resonator guitars and 4 basses.
You can see his whole
collection on his website [link at end of page]. Below is a list of
his solid electric collage.
Anderson Swamp Ash Strat
Brian Moore i2
ESP "JP" Custom Strat
'61 Fender Jazzmaster
'64 Fender Strat (White)
'65 Fender Strat (Sunburst)
'53 Gibson ES-125
'68 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
'68 Gibson ES-345 (Brown)
'68 Gibson ES-345 (Sunburst)
'65 Gibson ES-335TD (Cherry)
'68 Gibson ES-150
'65 Gretch Country Gentleman
'68 Gretch Nashville
'76 Gretch RockJet
G&L ASAT Tele
'66 Guild Starfire 12-string (Cherry)
'60 Harmony Rocket
Stump Preacher V-6 (Prototype)
Tacoma Papoose Electric
above Jeff with
Lee Jones "The Magazine" Warner
Bros. - 1984
"Once In A Lifetime"
Warner Bros. - 1984
Ray Charles "The Spirit Of Christmas"
Columbia - 1985
James Taylor "That's Why I'm Here"
Columbia - 1985
Ray Charles "Just Between Us"
Columbia - 1988
Joe Cocker "One Night Of Sin"
Capitol - 1989
Cliff Eberhardt "The Long Road"
Windham Hill - 1990
Gary & the Moodswingers "Treat Me Like
a Job" Blue Light - 1991
Devonsquare "Bye Bye Route 66"
Warner Bros. - 1991
Jenny Muldaur "Jenny Muldaur"
Warner Bros. - 1992
Jeremy Wall "Stepping To The New World"
Amherst - 1992
" Fat City " Columbia - 1992
Chaka Khan "The Woman I Am" Warner
Bros - 1992
Aztec Two-Step "Of Age" Beacon
Carly Simon "Romulus Hunt" Angel
Records - 1993
"Thousand Roads" Atlantic - 1993
David Wilcox "Big Horizon" A&M
Crosby "It's All Coming Back To Me Now"
Atlantic - 1995
Cliff Eberhardt "Mona Lisa Cafe"
Shanachie - 1995
John Sheldon "Boneyard" Signature
Sound - 1995
Dana Pomfret"Talk" Dakini Music
- 1995 (co-production too)
Gallway "Yes,Yes,Yes" Gadfly
Medicine Band "Dangerous Kingdom"
Prime - 1996 (co-production too)
Pete Nelson "Restless Boy's Club"
Signature Sound - 1996
Lenny LeBlanc "Bridge" Integrity - 1996
Robbie Dupree "Smoke & Mirrors"
Polystar - 1997
Little Blue "Angels , Horses & Pirates"
Renegade - 1997
Michael Ruff "Shake A Little"
(Indie) - 1997
Carly Simon "Film Noir" Arista
"Greatest Hits" A&M records
Anastasia & John "That's You and Me"
Gonzomatic - 1998
Dana Pomfret "Soul Collage" Warner
Bros. Intl - 1998 (co-production too)
Crosby, Pevar & Raymond "CPR"
Samson Music - 1998 (co-production too)
Crosby, Pevar & Raymond "Live at Cuesta
College" CPR Records - 1998 (co-production
Ingoldsby "Can't Do This Alone"
Cathedral Peak - 1999 (co-production too)
Tom Dean "My Own Backyard" Dev
Prod - 1999
Samite "Stars To Share"(compilation
CD) Windham Hill Records - 1999
Crosby, Pevar & Raymond "Live at The
Wiltern" CPR Records - 1999 (co-production
Levin "Waters of Eden" Narada
Prefab Sprout "The Gunman and Other Stories"
EMI Records Ltd. - 2001
Crosby, Pevar & Raymond "Just Like Gravity"
Gold Circle - 2001 (co-production too)
Dana Pomfret "Realtime" (Indie)
John Coster "The World Has Changed"
Sakkara Records - 2002 (co-production too)
Jackson Browne "Prophets & Virtues"
- instrumental duet Windham Hill (yet to be released)
Laura Nyro "Angel in the Dark"
Yoko Ono "Warzone" Unreleased
as of yet
above: Jeff, 1980 with The James Mongomery Band.
appearing on these foreign releases:
Fersen "Le Bal Des Oiseux" Wea
Thomas Fersen "Rond Des Carrot"
Wea (French Release)
Baby Miss Julia "Roomful of Gardenia"
CMC (Scandinavian Release)
5Th Avenue Band "Really" Pony
Canyon (Japanese Release)
Gerrard Blanc "A Cette Seconde La"
Dreyfus (French Release)
Bread & Butter "Marie" Fun
House (Japanese Release)
Clement Masdongar African Dance Artist
Released In UK
photo by Tim Owen