Strato Vox Harm Kick Drum Existing in the Rear View Mirror!

Greetings and Good Wishes Friends of the Muse, I’m doing some spring day reporting and the reason Stan Getz’s Getz/Gilberto CD is on the box is because I’ve been reading about it in Gary Burton’s wonderful autobiography “Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton”. Vibraphonist Burton has been a hero of mine since I was a kid. One of my father’s favorite recording was Getz Au Go Go and it continually spun in our house, prominently highlighting Gary’s vibes with Getz’s delicious sax sound. It’s great music and it’s fun to learn the backstory of what it was like touring with Stan. I guess he was a wild fellow. Maybe it’s better to read about it than being in the middle of it but I’m still crazy for how he pulled it off…

The vocal harmonies were launching towards the stratosphere last weekend at the Museum of Making Music with a sold out house and a spirited kick drum punctuating the accents. The band was on fire and it was a wonderful romp through the music of Ocean In Your Eyes. The only bummer is that after all that prep work, the gig is in the rearview mirror. Good news though on the horizon, we’ll stir it up once again in June at KSDS’s Jazz Live in San Diego. Can’t wait!

Lisa and Leonard at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Lisa and Leonard at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

Kevyn at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Kevyn at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

Matt at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Matt at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

Duncan at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Duncan at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

Gunnar at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Gunnar at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

Trio-ing it at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Trio-ing it at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

Wall of vocalists at the MOMM concert. photo by Barbara Rix

Wall of vocalists at the MOMM concert.
photo by Barbara Rix

The gigs for this week start up on Friday where I’ll be joining the masterful trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and bassist Antar Martin for a night of jazz at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego. Gilbert is really something and it’s always an inspired moment to be in his loop. Look below for the fine print.

Peter and Gilbert Castellanos.

Peter and Gilbert Castellanos.

Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker sings up a storm and she’s throwing a concert on Saturday night at UCSD’s Loft to celebrate the release of her latest CD April In Paris. She tracked the music in Paris a year back and we mixed it here at SpragueLand. It’s a wonderful collection of jazz and samba, both standards and a few originals. She’s got a great band lined up and we did a marathon rehearsal yesterday to tighten up the loose ends. Big fun ahead and I hope to see you there!

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After yesterday’s Allison rehearsal I then morphed into a marathon String Consort rehearsal with the gang to sharpen it up for a Sunday concert in Hemet. This group is one of my favorites and we’ve got compositions from our Wild Blue recording as well as our latest Dr. Einstein’s Spin plus a Bach hit and a Brubeck classic thrown in for balance. We’re playing on Sunday at 2pm at the First Southern Baptist Church in Hemet. I know it’s a bit of a drive from here but spread the word if you know folks living up north that might dig hearing classical and jazz woven together into a new mix. Maybe you can make it too! Look below for the deets.

Peter Sprague String Consort photo by Rick Sokol

Peter Sprague String Consort
photo by Rick Sokol

Getz just finished the coda on “Only Trust Your Heart” and so I as well will take these notes to the barn. Thanks for the read and hope to see you on the next loop…

all best, Peter

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