Lining Up With Holiday Vacations!

Hey Everyone, it’s a song mill over here, churning out arrangements left and right. We’ve got a concert next week called Bossa Nova and it’s my job to put a little music magic into some already magical tunes. It’s Jobim and Chick Corea and I’ve even unearthed a tune of mine that we haven’t played in years — “Boomerang”. Coral sings it in Spanish and watch out for the coda on this ditty — modulations and reharmonizations in search of revelations and salutations lining up with holiday vacations coinciding with everyday relations leading to melodic mutations culminating with….piles of sheet music that we’ve got to learn. Time to start the shed mill!

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Up for tonight, as soon as this gig mail flies out, Leonard and I are playing a duo hit at Cal State San Marcos, starting at 7pm. Look below for details and sorry for the last minute info.

Leonard and Peter last week at Palomar College. photo by Rachael Kolb

On Thursday night I’m stoked to get to play with my brother Tripp, Gunnar, and Duncan at Croce’s. So many of my gigs these days are playing solo or duo and it’s a wonderful contrast to get the original tribe back together and throw down some jazz pocket. The scene at Croce’s has good sound and it’s a great spot for listening. Maybe see you there!

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Last up for the week, on Friday I’ll be at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley taking part of an ongoing jazz guitar series that they’re sponsoring. I’ll be with Harley Magsino on bass and Tim McMahon on drums. It’s an early 5:30pm hit and sounds like fun…

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That’s it for now folks and see you out there in realtime, Peter

Afro-Centric

Greetings Friends, last night I took in an inspired concert in La Jolla sponsored by the Athenaeum Jazz folks featuring the SF Jazz Collective. What an incredible band of gifted players and composers! Their angle was original tunes and arrangements along with new versions of classic Joe Henderson music. That experience then led to…first thing this morning, me digging up one of my favorite Joe Henderson albums called Power to the People. Gorgeous tunes and a killer band featuring Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette. Today ended up being a marathon ‘Joe Henderson on the iTune loop day’ leading up to right now as they’re playing “Afro-Centric.” It’s sounding good just as it did many years back when I was listening to this music on scratchy vinyl. Check out the SF Jazz version of this tune. It too is pure magic!joe-hendersonWe had a great L.A. hit at the Blue Whale with Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot. The music spun properly and even though the drive up and back was a mini headache, the music all but made up for it. The writer for Jazz Weekly was in the house and he dug the music and ended up writing a positive blip for it here. I know most of you missed it but the good news is we’re stirring up a similar vibe this week at Dizzy’s. Look below.

The Blue Whale gig with Geoffrey, Gillian, and Peter

The Blue Whale gig with Geoffrey, Gillian, and Peter

For this week we’re stoked to be celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder. Can you believe how many great songs he’s written? And his singing, heavens it’s funky and soulful! He’s one of my favorites and I’ve gathered a bunch of other jazz musos who think the same thing. The songs —”Sir Duke”, “Creepin’”, “Do I Do”, “That Girl”, “Living For the City”, “As”, the list of radiant sonic perfection goes on. We’ve got a set of Stevie tunes that I’ve put my jazz spin on and with yesterdays rehearsal in our back pocket, there’s a good chance that Dizzy’s could levitate off the foundation on Thursday night. The band is Geoffrey Keezer on piano (and Fender Rhodes), Gillian Margot and Leonard Patton on vocals, Justin Grinnell on bass, Duncan Moore on drums and me on guitar. Look below for the details and we hope to see you there!

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Stevie Wonder

On Friday night vocalist Leonard Patton and I are playing a sunset hit at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff. Killer view, the music will be sweet, and the food, delightful! Good combo and see you as the sun dips into the ocean.

Peter and Leonard sitting on the purple bench at Ki's.

Peter and Leonard sitting on the purple bench at Ki’s.

I first met NYC vocalist Nhojj when he sat in with us at a concert in Fallbrook a few months back. He sounded beautiful and has a super mellow vibe as if he lived in, well, Cali maybe. Great combo of East Coast meets West Coast and we’re thrilled he’s back in town for a show this Sunday afternoon. We’re playing at Qualcomm’s Q Auditorium in San Diego, which I’m told is a beautiful sounding hall. The event is called Jazz Against Malaria 2015 and proceeds raised at the event will fund research for tropical diseases. The band is Nnojj on guitar and vocals, Mack Leighton on bass, N. Scott Robinson on percussion, and me on guitar. Look below for the details and it’d be great to have you in the loop.

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That’s this weeks news and great to have you along.

all best, Peter

Currently Attempting Current!

Heya Friends, Metheny’s on an iTune loop-fest today and his sounds are keeping me company as I plow through YEARS of FaceBook messages and friend adds. Heaven’s, I let that one go and for some reason decided today was the day to attempt to get current. I’m evened up and still, just in case you’re wanting to get a note to me and have me actually receive it, first try:

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All the biz is aside, I’m getting ready to make my way to my guitar to sharpen my skills as we’re concertizing tonight at the Blue Whale in L.A.. It’ll be Geoffrey Keezer on piano, Gillian Margot on vocals and me on guitar. We rehearsed yesterday and it’s sounding good. Maybe see you there!

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The last gig of the week happens on Sunday and I’m thrilled to play at the Solterra Winery in Leucadia, right down the road from my house. Leonard and I will share our duo angle and we had a great time a month back when we did this gig. The sound was fantastic, the vibe — spectacular, the location — ideal, the food — pure magic in the mouth, and the overall take down was “lets develop this into an ongoing happening.” We’d love to have you in the loop with us for a night of music that jumps around jazz, samba, The Beatles, Hendrix, Americana, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley. We frequently start one song, make up some new sonic material, create some loops and then attempt a safe landing in another aural vista. Freedom is one of the perks of being just a duo. Listen up!

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Leonard and Peter at a recent L.A. house concert gig.

Leonard and Peter at a recent L.A. house concert gig.

That’s it friends and thanks for reading along, Peter