|Greetings Friends, it’s getting away from me, this day. The dentist sesh this morning expanded outwards as more drilling than originally thought of was required. I love Novocaine! Then a truckload of emails and phone messages stacked up from yesterday as I was in the studio for a long one. I’m working on this online video guitar instruction series (I’m on lesson 20 out of 30). I was talking to the front camera about the intricate details of playing “So Danco Samba” and how to help the 2 dominant chord lift off the page. All fun but the unending stream of communications kept flowing in unmanned and today I’m paying up to the digital data piper to dig out.
So this brings me to now, here, and I’m thinking I’ll give you the streamlined lowdown on the happenings for this week and then I can zip off, catch a few waves, come in, dry off, get my fingers up and moving and then make my way to the private gig I have tonight. Does this plan work for you?
I’m back to the Roxy Restaurant on Thursday night for a solo guitar explorations expression session. That’s a mouthful! And you’ll get both a mouthful and an earful when you join me in beautiful downtown Encinitas. The first set starts at 7pm and I’ll play solo and this morphs into the second set with a few guests sitting in. Big fun!
Last up for the week is a Ki’s hit on Friday with vocalist/guitarist Nina Francis and Tripp Sprague on sax joining me for a night of jazz and folk music. Nina has a fantastic sound and writes cool tunes plus she’s into jazz and The Beatles. My kind of gal! Hope to see you there…
I’m leaving town next week for some gigs first with Billy Childs in Austin and then I join up with the Dianne Reeves’ group for some Little Rock plus Salt Lake City music. I’ll miss you all and keep the sky in your head until then. Infinite horizons!
|Hey There, it was a packed week with music coming out of the sky, notes pushing up from the turf, riffs rifling off the waves, everywhere music—and with that, lugging gear. Argghhhh! Luckily my friend Steve was helping me out with this. We shared our truth in sound in Carlsbad, Pt. Loma, San Marcos, and Coronado, one night each, driving back home late into the eve. It’s a good life staying creative and adhering to Cal Trans’ asphalt holy grail.
And up for this week, we have only one concert and it’s a cool free one in Rancho Santa Fe on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. We’re playing on the outside lawn in front of the Rancho Santa Fe Inn and the concert is sponsored by the Village Community Presbyterian Church. It’ll be our bigger ensemble featuring Leonard Patton and Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on guitar. The music will be our Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix. Come on out and take in our unique angle on these classic tunes!
all the very best, Peter
|Greetings Good People, despite a few disappointments including this laughable royalty check:I’m actuallyLoads of positive things shifting around!
We had a great time making music in Idyllwild with the string group. The setup included mega weather heat mixing in with up tempo music heat culminating in a blistering reading of “The Expanse.” Onwards and upwards! On fire and I just dig this band to no end. Can’t wait to do it again…
Next, the press starts lighting up with activity. There’s news of the new CD,
and an in-depth scribe on us zeroing in on Coronado for a concert. (This one got rained out but the reschedule is throwing down on August 25th).
From there the San Diego Music Awards launched out the news to the internet and press that including many other talented musos, Leonard and my new recording Dream Walkin’ is nominated for Best Jazz Album. Happiness!
And taking it over the top, I sort of don’t feel quite old enough for this, they (the SD Music Awards) bestowed onto me the Lifetime Achievement Award. Heavens, it’s a true honor and I get to play a few tunes at the event and also attempt an acceptance speech. That’ll be a mouthful.
Hey, thanks to all for the kind words of encouragement flowing in through email and Facebook! It means a lot to me and I’m further inspired to keep coming up with more inventions. I ain’t done quite yet!
And then more good news arrives via YouTube with this young French gal scat singing along with Coltrane’s solo on “Giant Steps.” Check it out:
Bucketlisting into this week’s gig scene, first up is a cool concert for the Six String Society on Saturday night at the Carlsbad Village Theatre. The line up is Gregory Page, Peter Sprague, Thomas Leeb, David Maldonado and Monette Marino on percussion. There will be a couple of special guests making an appearance for some added magic. It’s not sold out yet but leaning that way. Get tickets at www.carlsbadvillagetheatre.com.
Sunday night Leonard and I will be at Northern Spirits in San Marcos for a night of jazz and samba. It’s a good scene there…
We’re heading to Pt. Loma for a Monday early evening free concert at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s outside, it’s beautiful, and it’ll be Leonard, Tripp, and I playing music from Dream Walkin’.
Wrapping around into next week, on Tuesday early evening we’re privileged to present our Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics program that a few weeks back got cancelled due to some rare hurricane rain. The band is stellar, (Leonard Patton and Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Danny Green on keyboards, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums), the location (Coronado Cays Park) is pure magic, the music (sonic gems by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix) are some of my favorite songs, and the price (FREE!) is just right. Hope you can come out and join us…