The Reed Goes on the Bottom!

Hi Folks, it’s a Sunday beyond belief! Simon and Garfunkel singing about “Cecilia”, the sun dancing around the sky—a nice spring combo setting it up for the upcoming week.

On Tuesday we honor one of the original SD jazz men, Joe Marillo. Joe recently passed away and he played a big part with jazz in our town. He continually educated the next generation of jazz kids, me and my gang included. He bent the rules so some of us high schooler’s could get into to the clubs and hear the music firsthand. He hipped us to mysto jazz scales and he even taught Tripp the correct orientation of the mouthpiece on the tenor sax. Turns out Tripp had been playing with the mouthpiece upside down. Hah!

We’re playing at Dizzy’s on Tuesday night and it’s a benefit concert raising funds for Joe’s kids. It’ll be a collection of SD jazz all stars, each playing a few tunes and sharing some stories and laughs. Joe was a funny cat!

Hope to see you there…

Joe and Peter hanging out at the Coyote Grill back a bunch of years.

Joe and Peter hanging out at the Coyote Grill back a bunch of years.

On Friday night vocalist Kevyn Lettau will join Tripp and I at Ki’s for a night of jazz, samba, folk, and Wonder. We’re pulling out one of our classics that I just revisited and it’ll be fun to share it around. You remember “Miracle of Love” from our BrasilJazz recording? A clever little ditty if I do say so myself! See you there…

Kevyn and Peter back a few years. Kind of warpy photo probably taken with the very first cell phone camera.

Kevyn and Peter back a few years. Kind of warpy photo probably taken with one of the very first cell phone cameras.

Allright, all set on the gig email and now I’m getting ready to head outdoors. Clear air for days…

adios, Peter

It’s Always Summer on the Inside!

Hi Good Folks, coming to you engulfed by the grey coastal weather loop. But that doesn’t mean that there’s a lack of SUN in our lives over here. It’s always summer on the inside! Rays of warmth in every vowel, consonant, and verb. Heat coming off of every note…

Big time vocal magic last week at The Loft with Alicia Olatuja sharing her music! What a sound, what a groove, and so happy to be in the sphere with her and the killer band. We all hope to do again further down the way, when she can once again break loose from NYC.

Alicia's band with (left to right) Josh Nelson, Ben Williams, Alicia, Chrisitan Euman, and Peter. photo by Allison Adams Tucker

Alicia’s band with (left to right) Ben Williams, Josh Nelson, Chrisitan Euman, Alicia Olatuja, and Peter.
photo by Allison Adams Tucker

Directly after Alicia’s gig, early the next morning, Stef, her Mom Ann, and I braved the TSA Security line and made our way up to Tacoma, Washington to celebrate our daughter Kylie’s elegant launch from college. She blasted out in style with awards and friendship and has her eyes on first this summer, working at a camp in Yosemite followed by a year living as a normal human being, with the grand finale of graduate school in psychology after that. She’s a cool kid!

Kylie Graduates! Family picture with Hans and Liz (Kylie's uncle and aunt), Ann (Kylie's grandmother), Stef, Kylie, and dad Peter.

Kylie Graduates! Family picture with Hans and Liz (Kylie’s uncle and aunt), Ann (Kylie’s grandmother), mom Stef, Kylie, and dad Peter.

That's me modeling a brand new Ryan Seacrest shirt (fancy) that a friend gave me. Broke it out for the occasion.

That’s me modeling a brand new Ryan Seacrest shirt (fancy) that a friend gave me. I figured the graduation required an attempt at another level of dressiness.

We’re BLURRING tomorrow night at Grossmont College with Tripp, Fred, and I! That’s our group Blurring the Edges and we’ve worked up some new music and are excited to release it into the sky for your and our ears enjoyment. Look below for the details and we hope you can break loose and take it all in…

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

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

Last up on the list are a series of vids that have descended from the Great Algorithm of the Sky, bringing with them the joy of music and hint of humor. Brazil makes some great musos and they are well represented here. Dig it!

Mestrinho jams Donna Lee really FAST! And his pre-song ritual just floors me. Not sure what he's saying (in Portuguese) but the vibe is stellar!

Mestrinho jams Donna Lee really FAST! And his pre-song ritual just floors me. Not sure what he’s saying (talking in Portuguese) but the vibe is stellar!

Also from Brazil, little Analu sings Jobim's "Waters of March". Cute beyond belief and nailing this wordy gem!

Also from Brazil, little Analu sings Jobim’s “Waters of March”. Cute beyond belief and nailing this wordy gem!

Camille is from France but here she sings a Hermeto Pascoal tune that has notes for days. Plus she sings the solo too and it's amazing. Added attraction, Camille acts out (with her hand gestures and facial expressions) what the song is saying.

Camille is from France but here she sings a Hermeto Pascoal tune that has notes for days. Plus she sings the solo too and it’s amazing. Added attraction, Camille acts out (with her hand gestures and facial expressions) what the song is saying. I love it!

The Maccabeats & Naturally 7 sing an all vocal version of James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light". Oh, this is beautiful. I LOVE music!

The Maccabeats & Naturally 7 sing an all vocal version of James Taylor’s “Shed a Little Light”. Oh, this is beautiful. I LOVE music!

We finish it off with a clip from our Belly Up gig a few weeks back. It's Leonard and I with a special trombone appearance from Paul Nowell. The tune is "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?" and it's a cool moment of music.

We finish it off with a clip from our Belly Up gig a few weeks back. It’s Leonard and I with a special trombone appearance from Paul Nowell. The tune is “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?” and it’s a cool moment of music.

There’s the story folks and thanks for coming along for the ride. Big fun!

adios, Peter

Serrado

Good People, I’m back from a great trip to Denver and now it’s about learning some new music from vocalist Alicia Olatuja. We’re playing a hit at the Loft (at UCSD) on Thursday night. Alicia is an amazing vocalist! We’ve both been doing a fair amount of touring this last year with the Billy Childs group. Good times waiting at airports!

For the Loft gig it’ll be Alicia singing with Josh Nelson on piano, Christian Euman on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and me on guitar. I’m stoked that she plays Djavan’s “Serrado” as part of her repertoire as this has long been a favorite of mine. Alicia sings—

Serei feliz de novo,
Meu povo, deixa eu chorar com você
Alicia Olatuja

Alicia Olatuja

Onwards to other news, last summer we had a cool moment at the Summer Fun on 101 concert series up here in Leucadia. This clip made it to YouTube and it captures our version of Hendrix’s “Castles Made of Sand” complete with some rare PS guitar fuzz tone…

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And that’s the story for this week. It’s good to be in touch and see you out there soon, Peter