Deviation Mode — ON!

Big wind folks and it’s in the right direction!

I’m writing you, then into the studio for a string session, and then a zip to the ocean to see how the wind looks there. Offshore breeze, grooms the waves to perfection, if nothing more, Cali doing what she does best!

And last night, oh my gosh, Peter Bernstein on guitar! We played a house concert up here close to my house and the sound was supreme and the music coming out, big time jazz guitar with Bernstein at the helm. I loved it and for a long time he’s been one of my touchstones of classic jazz guitar. To mold into his orb, interacting with chord stabs and blankets of harmonics, it was a dream come true for me. Nicest fellow you’d ever meet too — humble down to the core. I’m inspired and renewed and fueled to keep learning and launching out. The Peter git-bros ride again!

From the concert last night, that’s Peter B. on the right, sax friend Mark Isbell in the middle and me on the left. What an inspiring musical moment!

Hey, look at the wild photo that Jill Badonsky took of me at the El Cajon solo guitar concert I played over the weekend. At this moment I think I was playing Lucy in the Sky and with the wild backdrop and the fact that she pushed the colors a little, dude I’m thinking superpsychedelized!

Lucy in the Sky in El Cajon!
photo by Jill Badonsky

Live music for this week begins tomorrow night at the Oceanside Museum of Art. It’ll be trio time with Tripp on sax and flute, Mack on the bass, and me double neck guitaring it. Have you ever been to one of their concert events? It’s a good setup for music and I’m pretty sure food and drink is included. Look below for the details and hopefully we’ll see you there at 6pm!

I couldn’t find a trio photo of me, Tripp, and Mack so this will have to do. That’s me dealing with gear, Mack on the left looking over the charts, and Duncan adjusting the drums. Men at work!

Blurring the Edges, our super group with maestro Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp on everything, and me too, the six strings, play a show at Grossmont College on Friday night. We’ve been at it forever and we’ll pull out an inventive setlist and from there go right into deviation mode, meaning improvise our way into new vistas and new planets — occasionally improvising into harmless peril. Chime in good people and together we’ll take over the world!

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp.

There it is, the gig email launches and soon I’ll be at the waters edge taking in the plus angle of the fire eating Santa Ana winds…

best, P

The Library Will Be Our Laboratory!

Greetings! Winter jazz kicking in. This means cold hands in the morning. Total hit and miss on outdoor gigs. Icebergs in the ocean surf but all of it — worth it!

Slim but absolute cool gig plan this week. I’m mostly being a studio scholar but come next Saturday afternoon at 2pm I’ll show up in El Cajon and relay my recent findings in the solo guitar exploration category. The library will be our laboratory and together we’ll let the sound take us over — ease the details of the hectic holiday spin and inspire us to greatness. Or something like that! Please join in and it’s a free gig too! Libraries rule!

The good news of solo guitar!

Rounding the bend into the beginning of next week, it’s a house concert Monday! Insane true gem guitar hero Peter Bernstein, hailing from the mighty NCY zip, is arriving in town and he and I will play some duet guitar material, flowing into a 2nd set jazz quartet session with Duncan and Gunnar. It all happens at Aeolian Mode Home Concerts right up here in Encinitas and you all are invited.

Peter B. has been a hero of mine for years. I’ve heard him live, met him, dug him, but never had the opportunity to play music together. He plays clean and beautiful, deep lines, bebops with the best of them, and I’m thrilled to be in his sphere. I hope you can join us for a wonderful night of music. Look below for the gig details.

Peter Bernstein

That’s the word for now as this frosty the surfman is heading out to the wild blue!

best, Peter

Soliloquy Soulster!

Friends, this morning Coltrane is keeping me company as I share my thoughts with you. His album “Afro Blue Impressions” is streaming through the computer and it’s sounding amazing!

Last night I watched a NetFlix documentary called “Chasing Trane” all about the life of saxophonist John Coltrane. All through the years I’ve done extensive listening and reading about Coltrane and in this film I came across some new images that I’d never seen before. And yeah, it’s neat to be once again reminded just how much I resonate with everything that Coltrane was about. Modal monster, soliloquy soulster, ten thousand GOOD notes — play on John!

Gigging this week starting with a Thursday midday hang at Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar. Solo guitar, 12:30pm in the afternoon, under the shade of their little portable stage complete with a zen connection to the great algorithm of the sky! See you there…

On Saturday we have 2 gigs taking place. First up, in the afternoon in Ocean Beach, it’ll be Beth on flute and me on guitar taking over the library for our duo music. The setlist is a collection of my originals and you’ll LOVE Beth’s sound on flute. Beautiful! Free, 2pm, and hope you can make it!

Beth and Peter at a recent concert.

Saturday night we’ll be a part of a neat event at the La Jolla Community Center. Our friend Subhashis Mohanty is presenting our trio (me, Leonard, and Tripp) for a night of music preluded by a 6pm reception with hors d’ oeuvres. This is a great spot for music with good sound and good vibes. Look below for the details and we’re really looking forward to this gig!

Shapeshifting at the Fallbrook Library with Tripp, Leonard and Peter.
photo by Steve Grant

Finishing up the week it’ll be a Sunday night at the Solterra Winery & Kitchen in Leucadia with me and Leonard strumming the music in their room with big barrels of wine and fancy tables. Great sound, killer food, the outer expansive life in North County — it’s all in place for a magic night! Come one and come all and we’re shapeshifting the songs as we speak…

Leonard and Peter
photo by Thomas Westerlin

That’s the word for the day and again, a quiet acknowledgement to John Coltrane!

adios, Peter