Jumblemania!

Good Folks, we’re talking jumblemania today. Up early, practicing Billy Childs’ music, trying to bring back the fingerings and tricky stuff from our show many months back. I’m heading up to LA tomorrow to rehearse with him for some upcoming shows in February and I’ve learned that you’ve got to be prepared for his beautifully complicated music or else succumb to a sonic crash and burn.

So, after the Childs immersion I treated myself a two hour surf session and friends, it’s been an amazing run of waves this past week. Today was right in there too—blue, sunny, 4 feet and clean as a whistle. Pure heaven and a highpoint of the day!

Back home, an errand run to O’side. Then I walked the amazing Rocky the chihuahua. Next a slew of emails and text’s plugging back into the endless grid of the music business. Then a second errand run, this time with my daughter Kylie in the loop, to Home Depot hunting for nuts, bolts, and paint. From there an evening bank heist (Wells Fargo bank deposit actually) and a cool dad/daughter early Thai food dinner hang. We talked about her upcoming study abroad to Chile. Talk about branching out, wow! College classes in Spanish, living with a Chilean family, in a country many miles from Encinitas. This kid’s going global and Stef and I are both stoked and worried in equal amounts.

And now I’m back here at the office spinning the alphabet in circles filling you, my favorite fans, in to the upcoming music according to Peter. It looks like a good week ahead!

Rocky doesn't care that his blanket is pink. He's just warming up after the walk outside.

Rocky doesn’t care that his blanket is pink. He’s just warming up after the walk outside.

Thursday night it’ll be solo guitar music at The Roxy in Encinitas. I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and it’s always fun easing back into the north county flow. See you there if you can fit it in!

With the famous Roxy fish tank as a backdrop, this is where it all goes down.

With the famous Roxy fish tank as a backdrop, this is where it all goes down.

For Friday night Leonard and Tripp are joining me for a night of music at Ki’s in Cardiff. This trio cooks it up with a cool set of songs, double cajon drums sometimes, Tripp on sax and also the chromatic harmonica, Leonard singing like Miles, and me and my fancy floor machines squeaking out jazz and other sonic diversions. Big time fun and if you can, ignite the weekend with some great food, cool people, and some spirited music. See ya’ there!

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

It’s been a long good day and it’s time to think about getting horizontal. Gotta get to sleep to kick it all in again. Thanks for riding along…all best, Peter

Dodging the Cheese and Scoring High!

Friends, got an old side spinning now that my Dad played frequently back in the day — Quincy Jones’ The Quintessence. Check the Freddie Hubbard solo on “Robot Portrait” and you’ll hear some killer minor chord trumpet lines weaving impeccably through the changes, dodging the cheesy notes and scoring high on this listeners ears. It’s a good way to kick off the day.

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Last week we had two great concerts with Camarada and it was a total splurge to play two nights in a row. Man, that used to happen a lot in the years back but not as much these days. Having a couple of concerts to work out the details and lay into the music makes the music better and it’s less operating on survival mode and more reaching forth to new ground.

The Mingei hit was filled with enthusiastic folks and we had a great spin through the music. Columnist Ken Herman wrote a wonderful review of the show and seamed to dig the band and my new tune “Saltwater.” He writes:

“The quiet, edgy ballad with its deftly interwoven themes is one of the best pieces I’ve heard from this composer.”

And then he wrapped up his review with this rap:

“It was hard to tell if Sunday’s audience was the same audience that attends Camarada’s classical offerings or primarily jazz fans who came to hear Peter Sprague, but it really doesn’t matter much when you fill every seat in the house, as Camarada did that evening in Balboa Park.”

Cool beans and click here if you want to read the whole review. Thanks Ken for kind words!

Camarada Saltwater Jazz with (left to right) Peter, Duncan, Beth, Fred, and Gunnar. photo by Rick Sokol

Camarada Saltwater Jazz with (left to right) Peter, Duncan, Beth, Fred, and Gunnar.
photo by Rick Sokol

Dialing it in for this week, we had an inspired string group rehearsal last night at SpragueLand including our long lost cello player Lars Hoefs. What a muso! He’s been living in Brasil after landing a great teaching gig at a college near Sao Paulo. It’s South America and they’re on summer break so he’s back in Cali for a couple of months playing a bunch of concerts. We’ve got him in the loop with us for this weeks show at the University of California in Riverside plus another hit down the way at the Museum of Making Music. He’s the real deal—reads like a madman, plays with passion, has impeccable intonation and sound—heavens Lars where have you been? Also in the loop is the young Mack Leighton on bass playing the ten pager charts with ease and confidence. Wild cat, him!

Come and hear the band if you can. Look below for the details. And also know we’ll be playing in February closer to home in Carlsbad. See ya’ there!

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Here’s a gig that I’m not on but that I can highly recommend. Vocalist Rebecca Jade is big time beautiful in so many ways—her sound, her vibe, her jazz singing, her soul. She’s been an integral member of our ensemble when we play the Stevie Wonder shows and most recently she’s been over at SpragueLand laying down tracks for a few projects. This Sunday she’s playing a concert at the Encinitas Public Library with the Danny Weller group. The direction of the show is the music of Ella Fitzgerald. I know it’s going to cook and if I can make some scheduling magic happen I’ll be there to listen. Here’s the poster and get there if you can.

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There you have if fine folks and thanks for reading into the revolution.

all best, Peter

Thai With Ky…

Greetings Good Folks, I’m just drying off from the salt water mini surf, blend in some super clean air and blue skies surf session. Today was a good day! Up early, minimal email duties, mixing, rehearsing, water tai chi (surfers walk on water did you know?) and now off to a dad and daughter hit at the Thai Society. It’ll be Thai food with Ky. Good world spinning!

Peter and Kylie photo by Stef Sprague

Peter and Kylie
photo by Stef Sprague

Last week’s hurricane gig schedule leads into a much easier paced current week. Highlight’s previous were the True North Singers singing full blast involved harmonies at Mira Costa College and then the Jen Convention in downtown SD. The convention was a wild collection of young and old jazz heads searching for the truth in sound. I’m not sure if everyone found it but it seemed like they were at least digging the journey. On from there it was a stellar Dizzy’s gig with vocalist Sinne Eeg leading the way. Oh my, super gorgeous music and we’re talking about doing it again down the road. She’ll be living in LA on and off for the next 6 months. I’ll let you know…

True North with vocalists Katie, Matt, Sharmala, and Fletcher.

True North with vocalists Katie, Matt, Sharmala, and Fletcher.

Up for this week, tomorrow night my trio plays a show at the fantastic Fallbrook Library. We hit at 7pm and it’s free to get in. The library has killer sound and folks really listen there. Inland music reigns!

The highlight this week will be our 2 concerts with Camarada playing “Salt Water Jazz”. We’ve culled through my original songs and put together a program of pieces that are inspired by my salt water surfing adventures. Songs like “Uluwatu”, “Na Pali Coast”, “Musica Del Mar”, a brand new one called “Saltwater”, and we even have our wicked version of the Beach Boys hit “Good Vibrations” in there to bring it on home. The band is Beth Ross-Buckley on flute, Fred Benedetti on guitar, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Duncan Moore on drums and me on guitar. Look below for the details and the concerts take place on Saturday and Sunday night. Hang ten!

Camarada with Fred Benedetti, Gunnar Biggs, Beth Ross-Buckley, and Peter.

Camarada with Fred Benedetti, Gunnar Biggs, Beth Ross-Buckley, and Peter.

Last up for this week will be a free duo concert on Sunday afternoon at the Scripps Ranch Library. It’ll be vocalist Leonard Patton and I jumping in and mixing up the Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole influences into a sonic whirlwind. See you there!

Leonard Patton and Peter photo by Kevin Kinnear

Leonard Patton and Peter
photo by Kevin Kinnear

That’s the rap for now folks and thanks for reading along…all best, Peter