|Friends, we’re tracking Christmas music all day yesterday and coming up in an hour. Can you dig it, “Let it Snow” and outside the studio the thermometer’s peaking at 81 on the coast—inland, amped even higher. “It’s beginning to look a lot like….SUMMER!”
Keep it coming I say!
Last week a fun time in LA with Denise Donatelli and Geoffrey Keezer. Hollywood, Sunset, Catalina Jazz Club!
My niece Kate led a group at Panama 66 last week and sounded great mixing up Duke Ellington and Avril Lavigne. Here, she pulls in a glowing review. Maybe her first!
And for this week, tomorrow night is Roxy Thursday for solo guitar in downtown Encinitas. It’s been a couple of weeks and I’m thrilled to return. See ya’ there I hope!
Rounding the corner into next week, Monday is the San Diego Music Awards and Leonard and I get to play a couple of tunes, maybe win for best jazz album (“Dream Walkin’”) and I’m working on a little speech to give as I’m honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement award. Heavens, it’s been a long and wonderful ride! See you there at Humphrey’s if it fits in…
|Salutations Friends! Brasil music plays on the box, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil filling up the airspace with incredible harmony and infectious rhythm. It’s a good way to fine tune an environmental backdrop and from here I’ll launch and share tales and ideas from the vaults of SpragueLand…
It’s been a video sprint bringing my online guitar instruction project into focus. I’ve got 29 lessons filmed and I have 2 more to do for this series and then I’ll edit them into final works, readying them to go live. I’m having fun talking and bringing enthusiasm to an audience of only 2 cameras staring at me, completely void of any feedback. It takes getting used to! I’m writing out arrangements, scales with fingerings, chord voicings, it’s a revolution of sorts and a ton of fun. I’ll let you know when it’s ripe…
Big fun last week for the Saltwater Jazz concert in Del Mar! The band did their thing and the good folks of Del Mar showed up in masse. Happiness in the hometown!
Up for live music this week on Wednesday night I’m joining young Kate Sprague and my brother Tripp for a night of music at Panama 66, San Diego Museum of Art, in Balboa Park. This is part of Gilbert Castellanos’ “Young Lion Series” and word has it that Gilbert will play a little with us too. Fantastic! Kate is singing jazz and a few pop tunes and is really into music. She’s my niece and she’s cool! Hope to see you there…
On Thursday a few of us are driving up to LA to join vocalist Denise Donatelli for a CD release gig at Catalina’s. The band is led by pianist Geoffrey Keezer along with Duncan Moore on drums, Alex Boneham on bass, Walter Rodriguez on percussion and me on guitar. I’ve been working on the music and it’s a wonderful collection of jazz, bossa nova, pop tunes put to jazz, and ballads. It’ll be a hoot and join us if you can.
The week rounds out with a Saturday night hit at Northern Spirits in San Marcos with Leonard Patton on vocals, Mack Leighton on bass and me on guitar. I love playing at this place! Great sound, good food in the next room, free parking outside, opportunity to play creatively and lots of young full on listeners present. All the right stuff! We’ll lead off with cuts from our new recording and then jam from there. Make it out if you can.
There it is, samba, bossa, forró, choro, frevo, extra strength harmonic and rhythmic blendo!
all best, Peter
|Hi Good Folks, I’m so happy to be back in Encinitas! I left and it was hot and humid and the surf was up. It was hard to go. When you live on the coast and summer is the golden time, I say bring the heat and the humidity and let’s live Hawaii here and now! Hoowah, I know not everyone sees it this way.
I blasted southeast to Austin on an early morning flight and met up with Billy Childs’ group. It was his chamber music ensemble complete with string quartet, harp, woodwinds, bass, drums, Billy on piano, me on guitar, and 3 amazing vocalists, including Dianne Reeves. We played the music of Laura Nyro and the response was stellar. High level fun and we’ll be doing more of that coming down the road too.
From Austin it morphed into another early morning airport juggle taking us to Little Rock, Arkansas. This time it was the Dianne Reeves’ group playing a show at the Mosaic Art Museum. Great gig, small sleep, and then off to Salt Lake City. The whole town had an incredible fragrance as the “essential oils” folks were taking over on a convention. We played that night at the Capital Theatre and our ears and noses were delighted.
As you might know, the San Diego Music Awards are getting closer and this funny little article about my “lifetime award” surfaced in the SD Reader:
For live music this week, I’m filing my finger nails, readying them for Thursday night’s Roxy PS Plays Solo evening of jazz guitar. I’m a hit and miss candidate for some of the other Thursday’s this month but this I know, I’ll be there this week and hope you can be there too. I promise it’ll be fun…
And last up for the week, you know I’m a passionate surf fellow, right? On Friday night in Del Mar’s Powerhouse we’re presenting Salt Water Jazz featuring some great musos at a super cool, right on the beach venue. We’re playing my collection of songs about the surf, surfing, Hawaii, my other favorite “ocean retreat” Idyllwild, growing up in Del Mar, plus a rare Beach Boys gem. The evening is hosted by KSDS radio producer Dave Drexler. There are some tickets still left even though it’s selling well. Wax ‘yer board up and join for us for a night on the water.
That’s it friends and if you can, jump in the ocean and enjoy the 75 degrees water. It’s a rare treat!
all best, Peter