Dewey Decimal’s Hidden Music Mecca

Good People, you’d never know it but hidden in those rows of books and periodicals is a ripe environment for creative music making. Silence is the mantra and pair that up with adventurous musos and you’ve got a combo that’ll rival any jazz club. Don’t you just miss those clanking glasses and the atonal buzz of the blender? How about the semi bad attitude front door man and the folks at the side table that prefer to talk their way through the set? Oh I’ll miss them dearly as I embark on this week’s Library concert tour detailing it with Dewey Decimal. See below for the lowdown.

I'm on the ground with the cables trying to make sense of the plastic spaghetti. photo by Thomas Westerlin

I’m on the ground looking for the Dewey Decimal code for hooking up cables.
photo by Thomas Westerlin

Last week was a hurricane with the UCSD Jazz Camp running all week mixed in with gigs, rehearsals, and recording. The camp was outstanding and I met up with some great young guitarists. Big fun!

Our concert at the KSDS JazzLive’s Saville Theatre complete with four vocalists harmonizing their way to heaven was a great time for all. Check out the photos…

The whole group! photo by Michael Oletta

The whole group!
photo by Michael Oletta

Kevyn and Peter. photo by Thomas Westerlin

Kevyn and Peter.
photo by Thomas Westerlin

Leonard and Gunnar. photo by Michael Oletta

Leonard and Gunnar.
photo by Michael Oletta

Polyrhythmic Duncan. photo by Michael Oletta

Polyrhythmic Duncan.
photo by Michael Oletta

Peter and the vocalists! photo by Michael Oletta

Peter and the vocalists!
photo by Michael Oletta

Lisa Hightower. photo by Thomas Westerlin

Lisa Hightower.
photo by Thomas Westerlin

Matt Falker. photo by Michael Oletta

Matt Falker.
photo by Michael Oletta

After I finish this email I’ll be making my way to the practice room to warm up my hands for a solo concert at the Julian Library tonight. This is episode one of a week of library concerts. Tomorrow night maestro Benedetti and I stir the sonics in Cardiff at their library concert space. And rounding out the week on Sunday afternoon vocalist Leonard Patton and I share some tunes at the Encinitas Library. All of these events are free to the public and the quiet listening environment makes for some real music magic. Sleight of hand, quick fingers, mentalism, various levitations, modulations, syncopations, it’s all going on at the library!

Fred and Peter with the double rainbow.

Fred and Peter with the double rainbow.

The last gig of the week that doesn’t fit into the library mold is our trio hit on Thursday night at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos is curating this music series and I’ll be there with my trio playing jazz by the poolside in the early evening warmth of July. Sounds perfect and I hope you can make it!

That’s it for now folks and thanks for reading along.

happy summer, Peter

The Restorative Magic Zzz’s!

Hey Gifted Listeners! I’m at it early. Yesterday was packed full of music and lugging gear and I slipped off to sleep for once at a reasonable hour. Good sleep is heaven! Restorative magic doing its thing. I’ve got a semi-free day today and first on the list is to submerge into the wild blue’s 72 degree creation. Ocean’s awaiting!

We had a busy weekend with a cool Blur Ki’s hit, a 12 year old kid gig studio voice over session, a big time El Cortez wedding, a best ever LJ Arts fest concert, and culminating early last eve in the warm sunset light of Rancho Santa Fe shaking the airwaves with Leonard, Rebecca and the gang of merry pranksters. It was a fantastic set and thanks to all that joined in with the music!

For this week we’re jumping in tomorrow night and playing a concert at the San Diego City College’s Saville Theatre as part of the KSDS JazzLive series. It’ll be our Ocean In Your Eyes program featuring Kevyn Lettau, Leonard Patton, Lisa Hightower, and Matt Falker on vocals along with the roots rhythm section of Gunnar Biggs, Duncan Moore and me.

The new recording is getting a lot of play on the radio and for this we’re happy and thankful. Play it up, spread the word, we’re all in!

Ocean In Your Eyes’ musical direction is jazz swinging with intricate vocal harmonies telling stories of “baby I woke up this morning with the blues and you’re the problem” to “baby I’m letting go and giving up the tension.” Other themes addressed include:

  • Charles McPherson is second only to Bach.
  • New York is now.
  • Making an acquaintance via the soft-shoe.
  • The never ending rain of Seattle.
  • Secrets expressed through the hands.
  • Old school enormous long distance phone bills.
  • My girl’s gotta knack for kicking back.
  • and finally, jaywalking your way into someone else’s life in search of everlasting love.

These are all original creations with lyric collaborations with Randy Phillips, Kevyn Lettau and Garry Shaeffer.

Recently we’ve added the incredible Blind Faith song “Can’t Find My Way Home” into the band’s setlist and the vocal harmonies on this one are off the charts. Can’t wait!

Look below for the gig details and it’ll be a wonderful night of music and camaraderie. See you there!

Our last Ocean in Your Eyes gig was at the Empresa Elementary School and here's the view from the stage. I'm not sure they could entirely make sense of the jazz vocal harmonies but they sure dug the "rap" section on "Seattle Stomp."

Our last Ocean in Your Eyes gig was at the Empresa Elementary School and here’s the view from the stage. I’m not sure they could entirely make sense of the jazz vocal harmonies but they sure dug the “rap” section on “Seattle Stomp.” Kidstock rules!

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Also up on the calendar for this week, I’ll be at the Roxy Restaurant on Thursday night doing my solo guitar explorations. It’s always a fun night with good folks in attendance, a few friends chiming in on the second set, and the magic food of the Roxy pleasing the palate of those who partake. Falafels!

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There it is friends, thanks for reading and remember to keep the sky in your head!

adios, Peter

Chaka’s Hearing Music

Good Folks, Chaka’s hearing music, singing music and I’m drifting back to a 1982 Elektra Records release in which soul and pop vocalist Chaka Khan teams up with Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and a stellar jazz rhythm section. The album is called Echoes of an Era and it’s a good one.

This project caught my ear ‘cuz I love the idea of genre jumping and having Chaka sing jazz stretches out to some new territory. She sounds great and the 1940’s Tin Pan Alley gem “I Hear Music” is one of my favorites. It’ll be our project for this week. I’ve taken the cool Monk-ish intro that Chick penned and added it to the tune for us to play live in Rancho Santa Fe with vocalist Rebecca Jade and Leonard leading the way.

Sure that’s music
Mighty fine music
The singing of a sparrow in the sky
The perking of the coffee right near by
“I Hear Music” by Lane/Loesser
 

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Up for this week, on Friday night I’ll be playing at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff. The group will be Blurring the Edges with Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp Sprague on sax, flute, and percussion and me on the guitar. We’ve got a good setlist planned and magic times originate at Ki’s overlooking the ocean with the summer warmth filtering in. See you there!

Blurring the Edges a little while back in Escondido. From left to right: Peter, Fred, and Tripp.

Blurring the Edges a little while back in Escondido. From left to right: Peter, Fred, and Tripp.

On Sunday I’ve got a double header with first up, a concert at 11am at the La Jolla Arts Fest. It’ll be Fred and I doing our thing along with a vast collection of art and great food. Look below for details. All ages welcome!

And from there I’m off to play a free outdoor concert at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with a stellar band. The Village Community Presbyterian Church is putting this together and it’ll be held at the outdoor front lawn in front of the Inn. It’s a killer setup and we’ve got some new tunes worked out! Join me, Rebecca Jade, Leonard Patton, Tripp Sprague, Gunnar Biggs, and Duncan Moore for an afternoon of jazz and samba, Beatles and Cream, and a few of my originals. “I Hear Music” is in there too…

Rebecca Jade and Peter playing at the PS Plays Stevie concert.

Rebecca Jade and Peter playing at the PS Plays Stevie concert.

These summer days are blowing my mind! Morning and evening swims mixed in with music and family dinners. Life is fantastic and hope it’s going great for you too.

all best, Peter