Jeanne passed away today after 91 years of a life invested in music and family. And there was no tighter bond for Jeanne than music and family. Jeanne and her late husband Willie raised five amazing musicians (Linda, Ricky, Billy, Patty and Paul) and inspired many more across the next generations, within the family but also within the larger community of musicians. Over the years we all became part of the Petersons (Minnesota's First Family of Music), through those holiday concerts, birthday celebrations at the Artists Quarter and Dakota, the family affairs on the stages of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and numerous fund-raising and celebratory events.
Failing health couldn't keep Jeanne away from the piano. Even when it seemed she couldn't muster the energy to face the day, she couldn't pass up the chance to play one more song. Her music was her life source, and the legacy she leaves all of us.