The Invasion of the Flutes!

Greetings! Last week the National Flute Convention took place in San Diego and I got a peripheral buzz from the event. First, a gang of flutists raided the Handlery Hotel gig to check out Bob Sheppard’s gig. He played mostly saxophone but some highlights were his beautiful flute playing and a killer duet with him and Holly Hoffman on Coltrane’s “Some Other Blues”. Soulful notes released into the sky!

Bob Sheppard Group playing for the flutists! Bob Sheppard, left, Duncan Moore, Rob Thorsen, and Peter Sprague

Bob Sheppard Group playing for the flutists!
Bob Sheppard, left, Duncan Moore, Rob Thorsen, and Peter Sprague

Next, six low end flute specialists descended upon SpragueLand to document a new commissioned piece. Low end flutes rock in case you’re wondering! The alto flute is the piccolo of the ensemble and it goes down in pitch from there. All the way to a “I’m not sure what you call it” flute that went to the floor and half way to the ceiling. Wicked! Great playing too by these folks that came all the way from Australia to the east coast to partake in the wide world of flutes.

Low end flutists getting ready to record.

Low end flutists getting ready to record.

Up for this week, a last minute booking came in for this Wednesday evening. I’m playing at the Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy and I’m told it’s a cool space for music and of course food. I have an architect friend who bought this place and he loves jazz. I’ll be playing solo and opening up the night is an old friend from Kauai, Mike Smith, who’s visiting from Kauai. He plays guitar too and I know at the end of the night we’ll both play together. Sounds fun and hope to see you there!

Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy.

Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy.

PS bringing the solo guitar improvisations to Little Italy.

PS bringing the solo guitar improvisations to Little Italy.

all best, Peter

 

The Flow Chart Waltz!

Greetings Good Folks, the flow chart of my current balance on planet earth includes freeway doc visits all the way to Chula Vista, podcasts to save the day, tracking solo guitar music in the studio including a twisted version of Lucy in the Sky, killer gig in Point Loma last eve with Tripp and Leonard, preaching to the choir of jazz devotees at the Vista Library, squeezing in the small surf sessions, inspired music happening at the Handlery with Lizzi and the sonic pranksters, dressing up and looking presentable at the Ultimate Skybox high above the baseball field, playing for a cool gal celebrating 98 years orbiting around the sun, scary parent moment hearing about our daughter’s Yosemite hike coming across a big bear (don’t worry, she’s OK and figured it out on her own, thank goodness!), and relaxed laughing dinners with lovely Stef. It’s a full life folks and how great to get to live it!

PS taking notes! Charting out the ups and downs of the Flow Chart Waltz. photo by Dwight Harrington.

PS taking notes! Charting out the ups and downs of the Flow Chart Waltz.
photo by Dwight Harrington

Last night in Pt. Loma launching sound into the summer eve with Tripp, Leonard, Kate and I. photo by Dwight Harrington

Last night in Pt. Loma launching sound into the summer eve with Tripp, Leonard, and Kate Sprague.
photo by Dwight Harrington

The live music for this week starts off tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Panama 66 in Balboa Park with Lizzi and the Boys hitting the downbeat at 6pm. Should be good!

The Lizzi Fest last week at the Handlery with Leonard on the left, Harley on bass, Lizzi on trombone, and me. photo by Liz Abbot

The Lizzi Fest last week at the Handlery with Leonard on the left, Harley on bass, Lizzi on trombone, and me.
photo by Liz Abbot

The next thing that happens is the great sax man Bob Sheppard corals me, Duncan, and Rob Thorsen together for a night of jazz at the Handlery Hotel on Friday night. Wow is right! This cat plays like no other! I’ve been fortunate to get to play and hang out a ton last year on tour with Bob and the Billy Childs Ensemble. I’m stoked that he’ll be down here in SD to impart his wisdom in sound!

Bob Sheppard. He looks kind of normal but get a saxophone into his hands and the planet's axis changes ever so slightly. For the better!

Bob Sheppard. He looks kind of normal but get a saxophone into his hands and the planet’s axis changes ever so slightly. For the better!

On Saturday night I’m thrilled to be included in the Jazz in the Courtyard music series held at the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. There’s a few different bands playing and me and the trio will play a set at 7pm. It’ll be Mack on bass and Duncan on the drums. Big fun and hope you can make it out!

Men at work! The PS trio assembling things reading the stage for blast off. Mack on the left, Duncan checking the drums, and me and the wires on the floor.

Men at work! The PS trio assembling things reading the stage for blast off. Mack on the left, Duncan checking the drums, and me and the wires on the floor.

The quartet heads up up the coast on Sunday for an afternoon concert in Newport Coast. This is an ongoing jazz series and we’re so happy to be included. It’ll be Tripp, me, Mack, and Duncan sharing the good news of jazz. You all can come if you’d like and also, spread the word to your Newport friends if you can.

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That’s the news for now and I’m getting it all in ‘cuz I’m heading to Toronto at the end of next week. The party continues!

adios, Peter

The Beach Guitar Rides Again!

Hi Friends, it’s vacation time over here at SpragueLand and we’re jamming at the beach. Essential items—sunscreen, surfboard, bathing suit, and beach guitar.

The beach house jam with Ryan singing on the left, me, and Travis on the right. These guys sounded great and it was like a Jack Johnson concert right on the edge of the continent! photo by Stef Sprague

The beach house jam with Ryan singing on the left, me, and Travis on the right. These guys sounded great and it was like a Jack Johnson concert right on the edge of the continent!
photo by Stef Sprague

Landing back on earth at the end of the week, our music is happening on Friday at the Handlery Hotel with vocalist Lizzi Trumbore leading the group. From there it’s just me playing a solo guitar show at the Vista Library on Sunday afternoon. And rounding the bend into next week, Monday night Tripp, Leonard, and I play a free concert at the Pt. Loma Westminster Church. All great events and we’d love to have you in the loop with us. Look below for the details.

surf’s up! Peter