Birth of the Sizzle

Heya Folks,

Young Miles is exploring Birth of the Cool, playing “Budo” and Mulligan just blistered through the changes on the big baritone sax. What a tune, love that shout phrase at the end of the solos! Cool jazz for a sizzling beach day here on the west side of things. It’s a nice setting for the music report from SpragueLand.

Last weekend Fred and I had an inspiring house concert gig in Solana Beach with traveling guitarist Muriel Anderson. It was my first time to hear her and she was playing a harp guitar which is a major deal, managing a zillion strings. And her musical feel and textures were really cool. What a nice person too! And it’s always a holiday on ice playing music with Fred. We had some duets and we played solo too. Good times raising funds for the Guitars in the Classroom Organization—new uke’s coming to the kids hands!

Group photo at the end of the concert! That’s Jessica Baron on the far left and she IS Guitar’s in the Classroom. That’s Muriel in the center and you know Fred and I. The other two folks are the kind ones who opened up their house for the event.

Coming together for this week in live gigs, first up is a library duo hit with flautist Beth Ross Buckley and me. It’s on Wednesday at 6:30pm at the University Library and it’s free. Look below for the details and zip out if you can!

Beth Ross Buckley and Peter Sprague

Next up, we’re bringing the Cole Porter Circus to Temecula on Thursday night! That’s Rebecca singing, Tripp on sax, Gunnar the bassman, Duncan drumming, and me guitar-ing. We’re at The Merc and it’ll be a creative exploration through the special tunes of Cole Porter. Can’t wait!

And rounding the bend into next week, the Planet Cole Porter entourage takes on Newport Beach on 10/29. It’ll be this cool house concert that we played at last year and it’s food, drink, concert music (us) all set in a gorgeous big house. You’re invited and encouraged to join us and look below if this sounds like it’ll work. If you know folks up that way, please pass along the info and they’re invited too!

Planet Cole Porter with (left to right) Gunnar Biggs, Tripp Sprague, Rebecca Jade, Peter, and Duncan Moore.

That’s it friends! Boplicty Miles and Lee Konitz signing off…

best, Peter

Paid Meditation

Greetings Friends!

Tomorrow I’m solo guitar slinging it at Flower Hill Mall in Del Mar. It turns out to be a wonderful moment of paid meditation! Folks pass by and take a little notice, I improvise a passage. Next it’s a kid in a carriage pushed by his mom, I try out a blues scale. A little of this and that— a sonic poem. Come and join in if it seems right.

Paid meditation!
photo by Rachel Fawn

On Friday night we’re playing a Guitars in the Classroom benefit concert in Solana Beach featuring guitarist Muriel Anderson. She’s a world class player and she’ll play some harp guitar along with a few duets with me and Fred Benedetti. It’ll be a fun night of music set in a big house with good sound and enthusiastic people. Hope you can join us and know that the money raised will help spread the good word of music in some of the local schools.

And last week the surf was UP! Here’s me at Beacons on Saturday morning balancing on a blue beauty.

PS at Beacons…

all the very best, Peter

Open Music

Good People, hope this early October day finds you living the good life of autumn. Love and blessings to those harmed in the Las Vegas tragedy. It makes my stomach turn. Please stop this insanity on our beloved planet earth…

Today I’ve got some news about OpenMusic. This is the name of a group of great jazz musicians that share their music and teaching through the medium of online instructional videos. The roster of players includes bassists Christian McBride and Rueben Rodgers, pianist Peter Martin, trumpeter Sean Jones, drummers Greg Hutchinson and Ulysses Owens Jr., vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and on guitars Romero Lumbambo and me. I’m honored to be included! My connection with these folks is a bunch of them have played in the group with Dianne Reeves. (I’ve played with Dianne on and off for the last 5 years and still have some concerts with her lined up). 

Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of a NEW video series that I’ve developed with OpenMusic called Great Guitar Covers. I’ve created videos of me playing solo on some cool tunes. Included is the help of having the sheet music scroll along at the same time. And also included are teaching videos where I go in depth on how I play the arrangements and why I chose this chord instead of that. And, ta dah, finally the PDF of the sheet music appears in your download too.

Here’s the song list and more info:

If this all looks good and you’re interested, follow this link:

https://www.openstudionetwork.com/psfriend/

And because we’re all friends, we’ve arranged for a special launch discount where “friends of PS” get 20% off of the course.

Use offer code:

PSFRIENDGGC 

And maybe you’re not a player but just an enthusiastic listener. Well, the new vids are here at YouTube and are totally free to take in. I had fun creating them and I’m stoked that they finally get to join the cyber brain trust. Have fun!

For live music this week both Leonard and I are thrilled to play a show at the Cardiff Library on Wednesday evening. It starts at 7pm and the sound is good and the vibe is tops! It’s free too so lots to be thankful for.

Leonard and Peter having a laugh in full bop swing!
Photo by Steve Wood

There it is folks, opening to music, opening to the good things in life….namaste, Peter