Lucy in the Sky and Planet Cole Porter — New Recordings!

Hi Good People, it’s a thrill to announce two new recording projects and turn them loose into the real world overload. Media from everywhere, easy to get lost, the absolute best when things connect! That’s what I’m hoping for — this new music to take hold of you and nag you into a re-listen. The smile on your face is contagious and friends inquire what brought it on and you enthusiastically reply, “Lucy in the Sky and Planet Cole Porter of course!” When they ask “what’s that?” you can pass along my navigation coordinates and together we’ll start a revolution of sorts! 

Let’s begin…

Lucy in the Sky is my second recording of solo guitar explorations! Solo guitar is one of my favorite platforms to express music. The guitar becomes an orchestra and when you start to improvise the whole solar system of sound is right at your fingertips. I like taking songs that we all know and then temper them with my musical viewpoint, hopefully arriving at a new place that still has strong ties to the original. Included is a collection of songs with different styles that I’ve been working with for the last year. 

My Favorite Things – Rogers and Hammerstein
Triste – Jobim
In My Life – The Beatles
Etude Z – Peter Sprague
Oh Shenandoah
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles
Saudade de Voce – Peter Sprague
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatle

A couple of weeks back we had a wildly successful KSDS Jazz Live concert presenting our Planet Cole Porter program. It was miles beyond sold out and the combination of the spirited audience mixed in with Cole Porter’s clever songs and the band’s a little more than usual rehearsed delivery made for a wonderful moment of music. The reason we were all drilled up on the music is because, tah – dah, we had just finished recording it and for those that have been there, taking the music into the studio is a good way to sharpen it up. 

So it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you Planet Cole Porter, the recording!

It’s Rebecca Jade sounding beautiful on vocals along with Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, Tommy Aros on percussion, Scott Kyle on trombone and me on the guitar.

My idea was to infuse musical styles that I like — swing, funk, bossa nova, samba, and ballads into music that Cole Porter composed in the 1930’s. His lyrics are beyond clever and his melodies travel to new places, still sounding fresh even though they were written over 75 years ago. We climbed aboard the rocket, made it through the atmosphere and now we’re stoked to live on Planet Cole Porter!

Planet Cole Porter
Just One of Those Things
Night and Day
All Of You
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
Love For Sale
Let’s Do It
I Get a Kick Out of You

(All of the songs are by Cole Porter except for “Planet Cole Porter” which is by Peter Sprague)

Both of these recordings are available NOW in the CD format and also as digital downloads. You can listen to music samples and also get more info when you click on the CD covers:

Order up good people if you’ve got the means and the interest. Your support of our music would mean a lot!

good day, Peter

Ain’t Nothing But a Party at the Village Vanguard!

Gifted Folks of Cali! Just like the early morning south wind, things are hovering over here at SpragueLand. Recording, mixing, horn arrangements, house concerts, rehearsals, gigananda, chart writing, and even does the car need gas? Life on eleven, foot to the floor, big open sky and the wide view! Love the entire hurricane of it…

The plan for live concerts this weeks begins on Thursday night at Off Broadway Live in Santee. We’re bringing together a stellar group of musos including Leonard Patton and Gillian Margot on vocals, Geoffrey Keezer on keys, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Justin Grinnell on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and I get to play the guitar. The music we’re focusing on is Stevie Wonder! He’s one of my main influences and his songs are modern day masterpieces. Can you hear it? — Livin’ For the City, Knocks Me Off My Feet, Do I Do, and the list goes long. We’ve got these amped up arrangements and it’s jazz and it’s funk and it ain’t nothing but a party at the Village Vanguard! Hah! Follow the link below to procure tickets and details and join us for a special night!

Here’s a YouTube link to last years “Night of Stevie Wonder” concert. Pretty cool Gillian and Leonard on “Do I Do”.

Next up, the long and creative tradition of Blurring the Edges takes the stage at Grossmont College for a program of jazz, classical, flamenco, Beatles, bossa nova, and the blues. Blurring the line between them all and filling it up with improvisation. Magic stuff when it works and we’re thinking the switch will be on on Friday night. With Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, and me too. Concert setting and you’re all invited!

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

And ending out the week for live music is a Saturday evening hit at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, percussionist Tommy Aros, and me with the six strings. Allison has an amazing voice and selects super cool songs. Tommy is an avatar of rhythm and this venue for music is most inviting—small and intimate! See you if you can make it.

Allison and I setting up a duet piece at Vitello’s in LA a few years ago. There’s a lot of stage between us and that’s because the band left it to us for a couple of tunes.

There it is for this week and also look for a special new CD release email tomorrow.

Coming!

laters, P

Jazz Beatles Guitar House Concert!

Good Friends, it’s a good time over here on the coast and for this week we’re drumming up a special house concert playing Beatles tunes! It’ll be maestro Fred Benedetti on guitar and ukulele and me on the twin neck guitar. I don’t think you could find more devoted Beatle fans anywhere than us two. The concert takes place on Friday, April 21.

We love the Beatles and what we do is take our favorite songs and then explore how we can put our jazz influence on them with new fancy chords and improvisation. We’re including the Liverpudlian beautiful ballads, some rockers, some samba, and even the Indian raga flavored “Within Without You”. Ravi Shankar you are loved!

The concert will be at Tokeli’s house in Vista. The plan is to meet at 7pm for cocktails and appetizers (included) and then the music starts at 7:30pm. House concerts are amazing with great sound (everyone is really listening) and you’re right up close. Super friendly setup and setup and chances are high for the music to really take off!

The best way to join in if you’re interested is to buy tickets here: TICKETS

I’ll email you the address the day before and we’ll have your name and info when you arrive. 

We sure hope you can join us and until then, Fred and I are tuning up our guitars and prepping for the magic!

all the best, Peter