Al’s Breakin’ Away

Fine Folks, I’m hoping it’s a good time over at your house. Today as I write Al Jarreau is singing “Closer To Your Love” and it’s a bittersweet moment. Al exited earth last week and for me his music has been interwoven into the details of my life. What an amazing mix of pop and jazz and he and his team forged new frontiers in mixing up pop groove with cool jazz harmony. His records would come out and a bunch of us would play them to fill the house with a great vibe and then the next moment found us transcribing the music to add tunes to our live gig playlist. Kevyn would sing the tunes and we even had a stint where Ron Satterfield was in the band and man, that dude had the spirit of Al coursing through his blood. Great times and Jarreau was at the center of it. I’ll sure miss him.

Al Jarreau

I once had a chance to play a concert with Al back in the late 80’s. I was doing some gigs with Chick Corea and for a gig in Washington, D.C. Chick got Al to join the band. There we were, walking out on stage, looking out into a sea of people at the National Mall and Al started singing “Spain”. Pure magic and a real highpoint in my life.

Check out this vid that I ran into recently with Al and pianist Michel Petrucciani playing “Mais Que Nada”. Talk about groove, wow! Bolted into the very core of the earth, I dig it!

This week I’ve got a few music hits lined up starting with TONIGHT at the Clairemont Library. It’ll be Beth on flute and me on guitar playing a free hour long concert starting at 6pm. Sounds fun and easy, all except the tricky licks I composed on “Empowered”. After I finish this gig email I’m heading to the practice room to get musically ALIGNED…

Beth Ross Buckley and Peter Sprague

Friday night I’m heading over to Ki’s Restaurant to meet up with Leonard Patton for an evening of jazz, samba, Beatles, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and maybe we can add in a Jarreau tune too. Super great gig with killer food and if you get there early enough you can take in the sunset. Big fun!

On Saturday night I’m meeting up with pianist John Opferkuch to play a hit at Northern Spirits in San Marcus. Duncan on drums and Harley on bass are also part of the ensemble and John’s a great muso with some nice original tunes in his back pocket. Good times ahead!

John Opferkuch

There it is folks. Thanks for tuning in and see you out there in the real world…

all best, Peter 

Sprague Brothers Ride Again!

Hi There Folks, this week it’s short, simple and sweet:

The Sprague Brothers riding again with Peter in the front and Tripp the captive passenger.

Hope to see you there on Wednesday night for what seems like the whole package — food, friends, music, and getting out into the world of downtown Encinitas Bohemia Plus! It’s a good life!

all best, Peter

Stand Up Computing — The Future for Primitive Man!

Hi Folks, stand up computing coming your way in an effort to save my back. Turns out there’s a lot of sitting in a muso’s life—practicing, recording, maintaining the never-ending email stream, airplane rides to Europe, the list goes on. I’ve got the computer elevated and in between email missives I twirl and my back says “yes”.

The elevated work space at SpragueLand!

We’ve got some cool gigs setup for this week starting off with a concert tomorrow night at the L’Auberge Del Mar. It’ll be vocalist Emily Elbert and myself and it takes place in their “living room” space. It’s free admission too! Emily is one of my favorite vocalists and she has one of the great voices singing folk music, jazz, pop, Stevie Wonder, Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Her own music too, wild and beautiful! And her guitar playing is unique and dynamic. It’ll be a fun night of music and sure hope to see you…

Peter and Emily at SpragueLand!

Next up, on Friday early evening it’s the Handlery Hotel gig in Mission Valley and it’ll be Tripp on sax, the legendary Bob Magnusson on bass, and me on guitar. The TRIO lives on and we’ve had a lot of fun together over the years making music and taking surf trips to Hawaii and Mexico. The party will continue at the Handlery with good music and friendship and hopefully you there too…

The TRIO beaching it in between gigs! From left to right, Tripp, Bob Magnusson, and Peter.

On Sunday afternoon we’re lined up to play a concert at the First Christian Church of Oceanside. This is a non-religious afternoon concert series that Holly Hofmann curates and we’re thrilled to be included. It’s a beautiful old wooden church and the sound is good and this makes us musos happy. It’ll be Leonard on vocals, Mack on bass, and me on guitar. We’ll lean into love songs as Valentines Day is right around the bend. See you there!

Leonard and Peter

That’s the story for this week folks and thanks for tuning in.

yours on two feet, Peter