|Salutations Fine Folks! So here goes my thinking on freezing hands—adjust the shades and let the sun in even though it’s early and there isn’t much heat coming off. Then, the real solution is put on Joao Gilberto singing “Besame Mucho” and THINK Brasil in the summer. It’s warm, the samba takes over, the mind shifts. It might be working but still, urgghhh, winter is my second favorite only to summer. I know it’s going to warm up later…
I did a recent sprint on wrapping up my online guitar series and it’s now being transported across the U.S. on a hard drive via FedEx (too much data to upload) to the Open Studio Network offices. Next they’ll do some of their magic in building the website and infrastructure and maybe by mid December it’ll launch. How fun and I’m stoked to be sharing my chords and melodic lines with everyone. More later…
Up for this week’s live music, on Friday night at Grossmont College it’ll be me along with Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp Sprague on sax, and N. Scott Robinson on percussion. We call ourselves Blurring the Edges and it’s a fine ensemble specializing in music that blurs the boundaries of jazz, flamenco, classical, rock, Brazillian, and folk music. Lots of fun and the venue is set up for full on listening so this makes us happy. Hope to see you there!
On Saturday night we’re thrilled to present Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics. It’ll all come together at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach and we’ve got a killer band of jazz heads that love rock too. We’re playing selections from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Jimi Hendrix. The angle is bringing a jazz approach to these classic tunes and hopefully retaining the original hard hitting vibe. I know one of our arrangements (“I’ve Just Seen a Face”) challenges the limit of this concept but it’s a riot on wheels! You’ve got to hear it to believe it. It’ll be fun and hope to see you there…
That’s it folks for now. Joao is still bringing the Brasilian warmth to SpragueLand, my fingers are still cold, the winter has just started, and it’s still a good day to be living the dream.
see you soon, Peter
|Hi Folks, it’s a slightly behind on sleep, Snarky Puppy on the box afternoon and I have a few free moments to catch you up on things. The low on sleep element is because I’m just returning from a tour with the Billy Childs Group and our last few days looked do-able on paper but to live them out in realtime flattens the senses.
I’m equalizing as we talk.
And Snarky Puppy is funk jazz group that I’m loving and they’re playing a part in bringing this day around. Check ‘em out especially this album!
We played in Chi Town, Notre Dame, and last eve at Disney Hall in LA. Good tunes, tricky codas, non-traditional banter and excellent Indian food in Hyde Park. We’ll do a similar run in January, this time in Boston, Vermont, NYC, Detroit, and St. Louis. East coast winter freeze coming up!
I’m gearing up for live music this week and first off is a neat hit tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the Pacific Beach Library. It’ll be just Leonard Patton and I presenting our duo music. We have a lot of curves and twists added including Leonard singing and playing percussion at the same time and I’ll be working my double neck guitar with some magic electronic devices on the floor. Big fun in PB and hope you can make it out!
Mid week it’s a collection of private gigs but leaning into Friday the 13th we’re playing a guitar trio hit at The Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. I’ve done this gig one time prior and I LOVED IT! Great listeners, parking, good acoustics, freedom to play—all of it coming together just right. For this installment it’ll be Mack on bass and Charlie Weller playing drums joining me on the double neck. Yes!
That’s the word for now and thanks for checking in.
all best, Peter
|Greetings Friends of Music, the endless road of video editing continues but happily there are welcomed interludes of surf riding in the wild blue. It clears the brain of accumulated music theory overload. And from there, live guitar playing moments erupt and this again brings the flow towards a balanced center. All good and I’m in!
We only have one gig this week and it’s occurring out of town. On Wednesday night Leonard, Tripp, and I will make the drive out to the Rancho Mirage Library for a night of jazz music. We were fortunate to play this concert series last year and it’s a great space for music with good sound and good sightlines. Folks really listen intently too and again, silence as a musical component, is part of our concert language. Bring it on down, just listen to the sound of no hands clapping.
It’ll be fun and I know you probably can’t make it out but if you have friends that may like to partake, heavens for sure pass along the info…Thanks.
And this Thursday, instead of heading to the Roxy for my solo music I’m instead heading to the Museum of Making Music to take in a concert with a very unique Indian musician. Debashish Bhattacharya is perhaps one of the greatest slide guitarist in India. In his twenties he evolved a unique style of playing guitar, synthesizing selected features of other instruments such as the veena, sitar, sarod and kannur. After years of research he developed his own innovative Hindustani slide guitar. Debashish’s uncanny sense of musical understanding has established him as a recording artist whose musicality matches all categories of music be it Indian, classical, jazz, blues, folk or new music. He will be joined by his brother and tabla master Subhasis Bhattacharya.
I’ve never heard Debahish live but check out this recent video of him:
I’ve had a long interest in Indian music starting way back with John McLaughlin’s Shakti group. Indian music has wild trajectories into rhythmic insanity and the moods that they set up with the different ragas are intoxicating. It’s quite an experience taking in the slow intros that gradually morph into a dance with the tabla drums and as the tempo doubles they start heading towards ecstasy. Magic in music!
Here’s the info for the concert and maybe I’ll see you there!
Museum of Making Music
There are tickets left:
That’s it for this week friends and keep having good times.
all best, Peter