Vehicle Ascension!

Folks, we had a wonderful run of LA, Palm Springs, Idyllwild, downtown SD, and Rancho Santa Fe a week or so back! Good music everywhere plus enthused and slightly inebriated fans at the inner city, magic burritos at the Indian Reservation on the outskirts of Palm Springs, a vehicle ascension from the desert through the clouds up to sun in the mountains, boogaloo grooves in Idyllwild, elevated enthusiasm in upscale RSF, and finally a suit required hit at Martini’s at 4th to wrap it all up in style.

I rested and relished the empty calendar…

This was the scene last week as Tripp and I drove from the desert floor up to 6000 feet to Idyllwild. We rose through the clouds and then broke into the sun in the mountains just in time to play some jazz!

This was the scene last week as Tripp and I drove from the desert floor up to 6000 feet to Idyllwild. We rose through the clouds and then broke into the sun in the mountains just in time to play some jazz!

The Jazz Camp at UCSD is kicking into gear this week and I’ll be there professing the good words of jazz along with my other fellow jazz heads. It’s a who’s who collection of LA and SD jazz musos laying out the harmonic do’s and don’ts and it’s always a fun week hanging out with future.

This photo is from last year's Jazz Camp and Leonard and I led a class in "being kind and playing nice" with jazz vocalists. We had fun sharing the ups and downs, crash and burns, the glory, the magic, the all of it that comes with the sometimes odd pairing of hard-core instrumentalist with singers.

This photo is from last year’s Jazz Camp and Leonard and I led a class in “being kind and playing nice” with jazz vocalists. We had fun sharing the ups and downs, crash and burns, the glory, the magic, the all of it that comes with the sometimes odd pairing of hard-core instrumentalists with singers.

This week on Friday night at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff it’ll be me with guests Nina Francis on vocals and Tripp Sprague on sax and flute. Nina has been singing up a storm around SD and LA and brings a cool folk and jazz angle to the music. It’ll be a fun night and hope to see you there! Great food too…

Nina Francis and I a few years back playing a show at Tango del Rey.

Nina Francis and I a few years back playing a show at Tango del Rey.

I’ll be joining vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and my brother Tripp on Saturday night at the Westgate Hotel for some samba, jazz, and ballads. This is a great place to hear music, small and intimate, and Allison has a pristine sound and infectious enthusiasm for music. It’ll be good times for certain!

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.

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 folks and thanks for reading through. All the very best to you…

adios, Peter

Maxing the Odometer!

Friends, it’s looking to be a driving week over here at SpragueLand. Actually a rehearse, gig, drive, drive some more and then sleep week. Rehearse today, drive to L.A. for a private gig tonight, drive back, rehearse tomorrow, Thursday record, Friday drive to L.A. again for the LACCMA concert, Saturday to Idyllwild for an afternoon hit, Sunday a double hitter in SD and RSF, and then that night —sleep!

I love my car!

Green Element to the rescue!

Green Element to the rescue!

You know what I’m digging even more than my car these days? Check out Jacob Collier’s latest endeavor —harmonizeU.

What he does is he accepts little vid clips of your every person vocalist singing a little ditty. From there he filters this clip through his amazing harmonic mind and adds his vocal harmonies to the original clip. The results are mind blowing with brilliant harmonic choices and execution, charming to the hilt! See and hear for yourself and let me know if it brings as much joy to you as it does to me. This is music and humanity blending in a beautiful and creative way!

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We’ve got a few public gigs slated for this week and it kicks off with a Friday concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They run a summer jazz series and we’re thrilled to be included. Our angle is:

Peter Sprague Group – Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics
Featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix all realized through a jazz lens.

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Gillian Margot — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Danny Green — keyboards
Justin Grinnell — bass
Duncan Moore —drums

I know, it’s a long drive, especially on a Friday. But be happy ‘cuz the circus is coming to town later in the week! We’re playing the same program on Sunday early evening at a park in Rancho Santa Fe. It’s free, the band will be in good shape after the LA hit, and there’s ample parking for you to leave the world behind. Look below for the details and it’ll be great to start summer with you…

Here's a pic from the same event last year. Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the "magic hour of light" it's Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse. photo by Steve Grant

Here’s a pic from the same event last year.
Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the “magic hour of light” it’s Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse.
photo by Steve Grant

Also up for this week, we’ll be making music at the Idyllwild School of the Arts on Saturday at 3pm. It’s the second-annual “Let’s Build It” fundraiser, to build the Idyllwild Community Center at the Butterfield Commons on Strawberry Creek. It’s a whole day of music and food and should be a great time. Join in and again, deets below…

Here's the band from last year with Barnaby Finch and the gang. Jazz in the Pines!

Here’s the band from last year with Barnaby Finch and the gang. Jazz in the Pines!

Last on the list for this week, brother Leonard and I play a duo slot at the San Diego Festival of the Arts at Waterfront Park in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. They have a whole event going on with music, food, and art and we’re stoked to be in the mix. We hit at 12:30pm and it’ll be a hoot. Hope to see you there…

Leonard and Peter.

Leonard and Peter.

That’s the word for the week. Thanks for being in the loop and remember, keep the sky in your head!

adios, Peter

Blasting From Warsaw!

Hola! Metheny music blasting from Warsaw! You ever heard the recording Upojenie? It’s a wonderful collaboration by Pat Metheny and Anna Maria Jopek. It’s working wonders lifting the clouds over here on the coast.
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Last week we had a fun hit at Dizzy’s focusing in on the spirit and music of Joe Marillo. Good stories, great music, and friendship every which direction. Ron Satterfield ripped it up on guitar and voice!

Dizzy's with Gunnar, Duncan, Ron Satterfield, and Peter.

Dizzy’s with Gunnar, Duncan, Ron Satterfield, and Peter.

Another cool Kylie good gig on graduating gathering over on the deck here at SpragueLand. (How’s that for a collection of “g’s”?) She’s a solid character!

Family hang time on the deck! Kylie on the upper middle of the photo.

Family hang time on the deck! Kylie on the up right of the photo.

Up for this week, Duncan, Justin, and I are heading over to the Handlery Hotel for a Friday trio rampage. This gig is a fun one with all the folks in attendance really listening and the sound of the room is good. Parking too! Hope to see you there!

Trio time at Palomar! photo by Michael Oleta

Trio time at the Handlery!
photo by Michael Oleta

That’s the word for today friends. Thanks for reading and hope to see you out there, best, Peter