Playing Trumpet Versus Blowing Against the Side of a Skyscraper!

It’s all going Freddie Hubbard funk jazz trumpet over here this afternoon. Remember the album Red Clay? Oh my, super cool tunes and a stellar band with Herbie, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, and Lenny White. Right now it’s setting up the sonic environment as I figure out which words to use to fill you in on the current events here at SpragueLand. After an early morning surf and a guitar practice session it’s time to call upon those grade school skills and get the grammar flowing. Onwards!

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We had a great Dizzy’s gig a week or so back! It was a fantastic turnout and the band really brought it home. We ended up recording and video taping it and I’ll put a few vids up on YouTube for next week. I’ll let you know…

Rocking at Dizzy's with Duncan, Tripp, Rebecca, and Peter. Danny, Justin, and Leonard are on the other side of the stage. Sorry about the cropping.

Rocking at Dizzy’s with Duncan, Tripp, Rebecca, and Peter. Danny, Justin, and Leonard are on the other side of the stage. Sorry about the cropping.

Lining up for this week, first we’ll be at The Merc in Temecula tomorrow night for an evening of quartet jazz. It’ll be Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on guitar. We’ve got some great tunes picked out and if you haven’t been to the Merc yet, it’s a superb place for good listening and good sight lines. Hope to see you there!

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

On Saturday night I’m meeting up with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and bassist Mack Leighton for a gig at the Westgate Hotel downtown. Allison has an amazing voice and leans into Brazilian music and jazz. Mack’s a wizard on the bass! The room for music at the Westgate is small and perfect for taking it all in. Maybe you can join us there…

Allison Adams Tucker

Allison Adams Tucker

There it is friends. Freddie’s still firing away at the high notes and right now he’s jammin’ on the Intrepid Fox. Good listening!

adios, Peter

A Riot On Wheels!

Salutations Fine Folks! So here goes my thinking on freezing hands—adjust the shades and let the sun in even though it’s early and there isn’t much heat coming off. Then, the real solution is put on Joao Gilberto singing “Besame Mucho” and THINK Brasil in the summer. It’s warm, the samba takes over, the mind shifts. It might be working but still, urgghhh, winter is my second favorite only to summer. I know it’s going to warm up later…

Cold hands, navigating the keyboard, hunting for the right words, seeking out warmth in both the literal sense and the temporal sense.

Cold hands, navigating the keyboard, hunting for the right words, seeking out warmth in both the literal sense and the temporal sense. Hah!

I did a recent sprint on wrapping up my online guitar series and it’s now being transported across the U.S. on a hard drive via FedEx (too much data to upload) to the Open Studio Network offices. Next they’ll do some of their magic in building the website and infrastructure and maybe by mid December it’ll launch. How fun and I’m stoked to be sharing my chords and melodic lines with everyone. More later…

Up for this week’s live music, on Friday night at Grossmont College it’ll be me along with Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp Sprague on sax, and N. Scott Robinson on percussion. We call ourselves Blurring the Edges and it’s a fine ensemble specializing in music that blurs the boundaries of jazz, flamenco, classical, rock, Brazillian, and folk music. Lots of fun and the venue is set up for full on listening so this makes us happy. Hope to see you there!

Blurring the Edges the last time we played at Grossmont College. Peter, Scott, Fred, and Tripp.

Blurring the Edges the last time we played at Grossmont College. Peter, Scott, Fred, and Tripp.

On Saturday night we’re thrilled to present Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics. It’ll all come together at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach and we’ve got a killer band of jazz heads that love rock too. We’re playing selections from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Jimi Hendrix. The angle is bringing a jazz approach to these classic tunes and hopefully retaining the original hard hitting vibe. I know one of our arrangements (“I’ve Just Seen a Face”) challenges the limit of this concept but it’s a riot on wheels! You’ve got to hear it to believe it. It’ll be fun and hope to see you there…

Jazz heads embracing rock with (left to right) Rebecca Jade, Helen Kupka (concert promoter), Peter, Justin Grinnell, Tripp Sprague, Leonard Patton, Duncan Moore, and Danny Green. photo by Kevin Cooper

Jazz heads embracing rock with (left to right) Rebecca Jade, Helen Kupka (concert promoter), Peter, Justin Grinnell, Tripp Sprague, Leonard Patton, Duncan Moore, and Danny Green.
photo by Kevin Cooper

That’s it folks for now. Joao is still bringing the Brasilian warmth to SpragueLand, my fingers are still cold, the winter has just started, and it’s still a good day to be living the dream.

see you soon, Peter

Looks Good On Paper!

Hi Folks, it’s a slightly behind on sleep, Snarky Puppy on the box afternoon and I have a few free moments to catch you up on things. The low on sleep element is because I’m just returning from a tour with the Billy Childs Group and our last few days looked do-able on paper but to live them out in realtime flattens the senses.

I’m equalizing as we talk.

And Snarky Puppy is funk jazz group that I’m loving and they’re playing a part in bringing this day around. Check ‘em out especially this album!

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We played in Chi Town, Notre Dame, and last eve at Disney Hall in LA. Good tunes, tricky codas, non-traditional banter and excellent Indian food in Hyde Park. We’ll do a similar run in January, this time in Boston, Vermont, NYC, Detroit, and St. Louis. East coast winter freeze coming up!

The Chicago gig with Billy Childs on the left, Becca Stevens and the string quartet.

The Chicago gig with Billy Childs on the left, Becca Stevens and the string quartet.

Disney Hall with Ben Williams on bass.

Disney Hall with Ben Williams on bass.

I’m gearing up for live music this week and first off is a neat hit tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the Pacific Beach Library. It’ll be just Leonard Patton and I presenting our duo music. We have a lot of curves and twists added including Leonard singing and playing percussion at the same time and I’ll be working my double neck guitar with some magic electronic devices on the floor. Big fun in PB and hope you can make it out!

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Mid week it’s a collection of private gigs but leaning into Friday the 13th we’re playing a guitar trio hit at The Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. I’ve done this gig one time prior and I LOVED IT! Great listeners, parking, good acoustics, freedom to play—all of it coming together just right. For this installment it’ll be Mack on bass and Charlie Weller playing drums joining me on the double neck. Yes!

Chicago was living up to it's name with a good brisk wind and I sought refuge at a Native Foods restaurant that had good central heating. I'm wearing a coat too.

Chicago was living up to it’s name with a good brisk wind and I sought refuge at a Native Foods restaurant that had good central heating. That’s the only reason I’m wearing a coat.

That’s the word for now and thanks for checking in.

all best, Peter