Nice ’N Easy

Hiya! Last week Johnny Winter was occupying SpragueLand and today it’s all about Nice ’N Easy.

It was 1960, we were living the good life in Del Mar and my Dad had this record spinning nonstop. Frank Sinatra, jazz standards, Nelson Riddle leading the band along—the best! You can even hear Frank’s finger snaps at the end of the title tune.

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Killer gig at The Roxy with Kevyn, Lefty, and Tripp last weekend! Check out the photos.

Hilarious at the Roxy! Lefty on the left, Kevyn in the middle, and me on the right. photo by Michael Oletta

Hilarious at the Roxy! Lefty on the left, Kevyn in the middle, and me on the right.
photo by Michael Oletta

Another great night of music and friendship at the Roxy! With Tripp, John, Kevyn, and me. photo by Michael Oletta

Another great night of music and friendship at the Roxy! With Tripp, John, Kevyn, and me.
photo by Michael Oletta

My Jazz Guitar Foundations video series has launched and I know everyone is scramblin’ for Christmas but I thought I’d share the news anyway. I’ll elaborate more after the holiday hurricane but just in case you’re hunting for that last minute gift…

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OK, about the weather. I’ve been checking and tomorrow (Christmas Eve) is supposed to be sunny with some clouds. Late in the evening there’s a chance of rain but the window between 1pm and 4pm is looking good for the

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Yes, this is where we assemble the troupes and take over the little amphitheater in front of the L’Auberge Del Mar at the corner of 15th Street and the Coast Highway in downtown Del Mar. We play a free concert with the first set featuring an incredible cast of musos. The second set includes some super young, talented guests flowing into the mix. The concert ends with an epic number highlighting everyone in the world including our favorite harmonica player Johnny “harp” Minchin.

Here’s the band lineup for the concert:

Leonard Patton, Kevyn Lettau, Coral McFarland—Thuet, Tripp Sprague, Gunnar Biggs, Fred Benedetti, Lizzi Trumbore, Duncan Moore, Riley Fleck, John Leftwich, Kate Sprague, Julia and Regina Benedetti, Leonard’s 3 kids, Johnny Minchin, and me.

For some history on the event, click here to read a story by Nancy Fisher about the early days when we first played our Christmas concert. This article is from the Del Mar Sandpiper Newspaper. Also click here to see a photo album from each of the recent year’s concerts.

You can bring the whole gang, bring the relatives, meet strangers that are friendly and meet musicians that are strange. This is how we do Christmas in Cali! See you there!

View from the back!

View from the back!

Regina and Julia Benedetti sporting some rad hats!

Regina and Julia Benedetti sporting some rad hats!

The last few Christmas' have been scorching hot. That's me trying to keep the sun off of my face. This year I might be bundling up instead.

The last few Christmas’ have been scorching hot. That’s me trying to keep the sun off of my face. This year I might be bundling up instead.

Tripp, Leonard, and Fred jammin' the yultied!

Tripp, Leonard, and Fred jammin’ the yuletied!

Kate Sprague and her friend lead it off and Tripp's a stoked papa!

Kate Sprague and her friend lead it off and Tripp’s a stoked papa!

That’s it and Sinatra and I gently sign off with good wishes and good times to you.

happy trails, Peter

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