It’s a grey June morning and the air is filled with Freddie Hubbard’s killer trumpet tone and his perfect array of notes. This dude had it going on! I’m listening to his album “First Light” and it’s a sweet moment on the ranch at SpragueLand.
We had a wonderful time last week making music through the tangle of wires that is the internet. Many thanks to all who tuned in. It’s a thrill knowing we have an outlet to let the music loose once again and even though it’s not the same, it’s pretty cool. And while we’re on the subject of letting loose, we really appreciate you parting ways with some of your beautiful Leucadia green energy (money) into our drained coffers. The bucks will help keep us afloat…
We’re plugging into the web again on Thursday night and here are the deets:
Peter Sprague and Rebecca Jade were awarded the 2018 Best Jazz Album by the San Diego Music Awards for their stellar “Planet Cole Porter” release. For this concert Peter and the group take hold of the classic songs of Cole Porter and presents them in a new color of samba, funk, salsa, and jazz. “Just One of Those Things” swinging fast and morphing over to funk, “Love For Sale” taking a trip to Cuba, and “I Get a Kick Out of You” heavily influenced by Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance.” They then intentionally go off course with a new reading of CSN’s amazing “Guinevere” and a sonic visit to the Beatles. It’ll be a great night of music.
The band includes some of the best with Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and Peter Sprague on guitar.
Here’s the poster and click on it for the LINK to YouTube:
This week we’re working with improved lighting upgrades, a new camera, a dedicated keeper of the chat, and of course new music.
Remember that slogan that bombarded magazine ads in the ’60’s —“bringing you quality entertainment into the comfort of your own home?” Well it’s alive and well in 2020 at SpragueLand.
My sense of timing (how long things take, what year something happened) is not honed in. Just ask Stefanie, my wife. My knowledge of history is spotty at best. I never knew the details on this but I’m learning:
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States on June 19th, 1865. Despite the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation some 2.5 years earlier in 1863, slavery in Texas remained largely unaffected until 1,800 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.
see you on the moon on Thursday, best, P