Jay’s Popcorn Strat

Hi Friends, vintage Al Jarreau is on the box. How about that trombone intro on “Breaking Away”? Killer moment of music! Jay Graydon’s strat guitar part dissecting the big wide beats with 16th note popcorn insanity. This is maybe the highpoint of Al’s swirl through music. It’s a good way to fill the office airwaves, setting up another good day in Cali.

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I’ve got a bunch of traveling coming up. Next week I’ll be in NYC with Dianne Reeves for 2 nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center and then we play Hartford, Connecticut right after that. Then from there it’s back home for a couple of days to see my daughter Kylie off to Chile for her study abroad. Then I’m heading to Miami to play with Dianne and from there, to Portland to join forces with Billy Childs’ group, then to Arizona for a concert with Billy, and finally back home at the end of the month. The airports will be my living room and I’ll be in heaven traversing the happiness that exists at TSA airport security. The good cheer as you cue up in those fast moving lines and take your shoes off and empty your computers into the efficient X-ray machine. Oh joy!

Taking a bow in NYC! Left to right, Terryon Gulley, Reginal Veal, Dianne Reeves, Peter, Peter Martin. photo by  Nadja von Massow

Taking a bow in NYC!
Left to right, Terryon Gulley, Reginal Veal, Dianne Reeves, Peter, Peter Martin.
photo by Nadja von Massow

The last SD gig for awhile goes down at the Roxy tomorrow night. Last week’s installment was super cool with tons of friends and newcomers taking in the music and food and the overall great vibe of North County living. The magic will hopefully kick in again and this time my brother Tripp and his daughter Kate are planning on joining in for part of the night. Kate’s really into singing and Tripp as you know plays every instrument under the sun. Most recently he’s starting to play guitar. Wicked! Hope to see you there.

Happiness is playing the guitar! photo by TJ Best

Happiness is playing the guitar!
photo by TJ Best

After my travels I’m returning home to an exciting week of music here in San Diego. Looking ahead, my quartet will play a show at Croces, I’ll be at Ki’s with vocalist Nina Francis, my String Consort group plays a special concert at the Museum of Making Music, and lastly we’re play a show at Dizzy’s focusing in on the music of Brasil. Look below for the details and it’ll be great to see everyone out in the real world.

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That’s it for now friends. Al’s still singing and now he’s scatting on “Roof Garden”. Jerry Hey and his horn troupe just played a really fast unison blues phrase and with that, I’m signing off and hope to see you soon…

all best, Peter

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