Thermometer Maximus

Friends! The story right now from my office with all of the windows open is thermometer maximus. It’s just how I like it and it’ll be short lived as tomorrow I’m driving out to Rancho Mirage for a freaky fahrenheit 116 music session. Burn the jazz house down! I love it!

I’ve been on some cool adventures featuring the east coast with a new joyful discovery of Rockport, Massachusetts.

This place is about an hour out of Boston and among many other things they invented the cute quaint factor turned up to twelve. The performance hall was out of this world with a HUGE glass backdrop to the stage looking right out to the ocean. Here I am taking in the beach at Rockport, just out of the Atlantic for a chilly swim. 

This place is about an hour out of Boston and among many other things they invented the cute quaint factor turned up to twelve. The performance hall was out of this world with a HUGE glass backdrop to the stage looking right out to the ocean. Here I am taking in the beach at Rockport, just out of the Atlantic for a chilly swim.

From there we made our way into NYC for a night and I started walking and ended up in a whirlwind of beautiful flags at Rockefeller Center.

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Then for my first time we went and played a show on Long Island in the Hamptons. Fancy dancy folks and a great night of music with Dianne and the gang. Right before we launched into the set, me and few band mates had to check out the ocean to see how things curl in the Hamptons.

That’s Peter Martin (piano) on the right, Terryon Gulley (drums) in the middle and me on the right.

That’s Peter Martin (piano) on the right, Terryon Gulley (drums) in the middle and me on the left.

Then I JetBlued it back to the west and immediately waxed up my surfboard and dipped into the wild blue to equalize all of the TSA residue buildup in search for a balanced life. It worked!

PS cutback in the wild blue!

PS cutback into the BALANCE!

Next our daughter Kylie checked in with the good news from Yosemite complete with vertical mega waterfalls. She’s having a good summer up there!

Kylie and the waterfall!

Kylie and the waterfall!

And since then I’ve been connecting every cable I own mixed in with tripods, effects boxes, and a sky blue backdrop with the end goal of coming up with a new video series and solo guitar recording. It’s cooking along and I’ll have more news in a couple of weeks.

Clutterama at SpragueLand!

Clutterama at SpragueLand!

It’s a good time!

And starting tomorrow we’ve got a little west coast action with live music. First up, Leonard and I will play a show in Rancho Mirage on Thursday night at the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre. I’m sure they’ll have the air conditioning kicking in and still, the music ought to cook! Bassist Bill Saita and drummer Jeff Olson join us for the 2nd set. Big fun and look below for the details.

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And then the next day (Friday) we drive back to Cardiff for a PS and Leonard hit at ZENBU – Sushi Bar, Restaurant, and Cocktails. It’s our first time there and I’m told it’s fantastic food and a neat scene for music. Hope to see you in the mix!

Saturday finds Leonard and I in Vista at a cool House Concert. Here too, this is our first time with these folks. They seem super nice and are setting up things mighty fine for music and camaraderie. You’re all invited and look below for the contact info to make it happen.

The week rounds the bend into Monday night of which me and the gang of merry pranksters (aka the band) drive off to Laguna to be part of the Festival of the Arts. This is a big deal up there and an amazing scene of art and music, food too I’ll bet. We’re thrilled to be included and promise to play to the best of our abilities. We’re even rehearsing the band on Sunday to prep it up. It’ll be Tripp, Justin, Duncan, and I turning up the volume in Laguna. Come and join us if you can!

There it is folks and thanks for reading through. Happy trails and happy summer to ‘ya, Peter

Don’t Trust that Computer!

Good People! How fun is this! Ocean, late sunsets, warm evenings, music in the streets, people wearing shorts, buskers playing without being cold, barefoot adventures, and it keeps going and going all the way to mid October. Count me in!

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I’ve been working on a new solo guitar recording and with my work in the studio and also in the office keeping track of it all, I hang with computers a lot. And if you’re hanging with computers and doing audio recording and video you’re by default lugging around TONS of data. Hard drives are your middle name. And if you know hard drives, you know they’re built to break. Eventually.

And so, I was talking to this cool tech guy the other day and he was helping me fix my semi-malfunctioning database that had somehow become corrupted. Yes, I have it backed up so mayhem and stress weren’t part of the equation. After he successfully twirled the code a bit he offered up this killer Zen angle on it all:

The only way to work with computers is not to trust them.

I never heard it spoke so black and white like that but I like it! Wild child silicon array units spurring up creativity and havoc in equal non judgmental doses. Jump in and let ‘em take you away…

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For this week, on Wednesday night vocalist Lizzi Trumbore comes back into town and both Leonard and I are in the loop with her for a special house concert in Carlsbad. The venue is ultra cool and it’s the home of Bridget (the violinist with my string consort group) and her husband Sean. It’s on a ranch and it’ll be a fun night of music. Follow this link for details.

Lizzi Trumbore

Lizzi Trumbore

I’m off early the next morning for an east coast run with Dianne Reeves and the band. We’re playing in Rockport, Maine and West Hampton Beach, NY. Let me know if you’re out there and we can say hi and listen to the music!

Dianne Reeves in London with yours truly digging the ride.

Dianne Reeves in London with yours truly digging the ride.

That’s it and remember, never trust a computer but consider trusting a jazz musician….best, P

Songs Styled Anew!

Greetings Good People, it’s swing time over here with Oscar Peterson leading the way! We’re talking chops for days and clever arrangements with jazz blues playing chorus after chorus off into the sunset. Good stuff!

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I came across this clever little vid of an alternate surf world with little people. Fun!

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Click for a ride to alternate surf universe!

The plan for this week is for only one gig and I’m liking that way that feels. It’s been thick with details lately and how nice to let a little air into the mix.

Fred Benedetti and I are presenting our Beatles music at Dizzy’s this Saturday night at 8pm. A month or so back we played a similar show up in Carlsbad and it was a success on many levels. Great music first and foremost, a wonderful and enthusiastic turnout, and also a bunch of emails from folks that couldn’t pull it together for that far north hit and wondering when it might happen again. We’re thrilled to bring back the circus and this time to Dizzy’s.

We’re both big fans of the Beatles. I’ve got these arrangements that bring forth a jazz element in their music. From the raunch to the gentle ballads, it’s going to be a special night of double neck guitars, effects boxes, and some familiar tunes all dressed up with new harmony. Dig it!

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Peeking around the horn into next week, Leonard and I will be making music at the Cardiff Library on July 6 at 7pm. It’s a free concert and we’ve played it every summer for the last couple of years. What a great sound the library has and every seat in the house is close and intimate. I’m thinking we’ll bring out a few new tunes including James’ “Shed a Little Light”…. See you there!

Leonard and Peter jammin' under the purple moon.

Leonard and Peter jammin’ under the purple moon.

There it is folks and over ’n out, Peter