Snowing in Encinitas Today?

Hi Friends, it isn’t snowing yet but I remember as a kid growing up in Del Mar there was a day that little white snowflakes invaded our tropical coastal lifestyle. And today could follow the same path as the burr factor is in full force. Our 1930’s house is soulful beyond belief but it also lacks insulation. What’s going on outdoors is doing the same indoors. We’re bundled up and digging the holiday cruise time.

After reading a neat book about vibraphonist Gary Burton and his stories of playing with Stan Getz, he talked about a particular recording date with trombonist Bobby Brookmeyer called Bobby Brookmeyer & Friends. With the magic of the iTunes Store it was a cinch to procure and on this balmy last day of 2014 I’ve got a great jazz soundtrack to set the vibe as I spin some stories out to you, my trusted friends.


Yesterday was cool! I completely unplugged from the grips of keeping up with communications and business and instead had a great day in the studio composing a new tune for next month’s Saltwater Jazz concerts. It started with a new fancy guitar chord that I discovered and from there morphed into a full length tune that’ll be a duet with flute and guitar. Can’t wait to hear it with Beth and her amazing sound!

At the tail end of yesterday I started the process of editing and mixing the Christmas Eve concert footage. It’s a ton of work but when it’s done I’ll let you know. There were some good moments. One of our guests at the concert was Lizzi Trumbore who plays both trombone and sings. I first met her through Leonard who was giving her vocal lessons. She’s a super talented gal and now is in her first year of college studying music at North Texas State. She was a hit at the recent concert playing trombone on a few tunes and singing beautifully on “Had to Cry Today”. While she’s here on vacation Lizzi has organized two concerts this week including Leonard, Harley on bass, and me on guitar. Big fun and we rehearsed yesterday and we’re all set to deliver the goods. We’re playing Northern Spirits on Friday and Lizzi at Dizzy’s on Sunday. Look below for the details and hope to see you there!

The Lizzi Band at SpragueLand smoothing out the details with (left to right) Peter, Lizzi, Leonard, and Harley.

The Lizzi Band at SpragueLand smoothing out the details with (left to right) Peter, Lizzi, Leonard, and Harley.

Also up for this week is a Saturday night Roxy hit with young Kate Sprague, father Tripp and Uncle Pete. It’ll be a romp and there’s word on the street that Kate will play a few tunes on her brand new Taylor guitar. See you there!


One last deet, rounding the bend into next week look for a special Dizzy’s gig on January 9th with the Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg. It’ll be me, Gunnar, and Duncan backing her up and folks, she’s one of the GREAT vocalists singing today! Big time beautiful sound with high level scat singing note choices. I can’t wait!


Sinne Eeg

That’s it for now and thanks for tuning in. Over ‘n out from frozen fingers Peter…

Leonard Dylan at Le Papagayo?

Friends, coming to you during a brief interlude. It turns out that my daughter’s birthday is today (the day after Christmas) and so the celebrations continue on. Big fun in Leucadia!

And while on that same subject, I realize that Leonard and I are playing at Le Papagayo in Leucadia (right down the street from where I live) on Saturday night and I haven’t really mentioned the date to my friends and fans. We’ve never played there but have known about the place for years. It has a wonderful tradition of music every night and great food with the local contingent holding down the good spirit and classic coastal vibe. We’re thrilled to be in the loop and hope you can zip out and join us for a night of music and food. Bring the whole gang and maybe by the end we’ll have a sing along. You ever heard soulful Leonard morph into his Bob Dylan persona? This might happen…

PS at the Christmas concert looking towards the new year. photo by Hiro Ikezi

PS at the Christmas concert looking towards the new year.
photo by Hiro Ikezi

Leonard sound shifting at Del Mar's outdoor park. photo by Hiro Ikezi

Leonard sound shifting at Del Mar’s outdoor park.
photo by Hiro Ikezi

see you then, Peter

Christmas Eve with the Del Mar Mind Meld!

Greetings Fine Folks! The whirlwind is upon us! It’s full blast and it’s full of good things. Here’s a last minute blip letting you know that the free Christmas Eve concert is in positive motion and will be happening tomorrow at 1pm in Del Mar. Look below for the details.ChristmasConcertGraphicWe had a rehearsal yesterday and the group and the guests sound fantastic. We’ve got Lizzi Trumbore back from college playing up a storm on trombone and singing and you’ve got to hear her live in 3D. Coral will be there tomorrow and we’ve discovered a new (to us) Jobim gem. Leonard’s funkin’ it up and we’re pulling two of our wild Cream arrangements into the fold and unleashing them into the Del Mar mind meld. Fred’s tuning up the sitar guitar as we speak prepping for his trademark flamenco jam. Young Kate Sprague is singing “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing)” and she and Duke have got that right! Kevyn Lettau will be there along with vocalist’s Allison Adams Tucker, Kekoa Trent, and the Benedetti girls. Lefty will be in the house penciled in for a romp through “Musica Del Mar” along with the famous drummer from TOPS, Riley Fleck! That’s the plan and it’ll be all that much better with you in the loop to absorb the sound and the vibe.

See you soon!
adios, Peter

This is the setup and it's looking like the weather is going to be perfect. Break away if you can and we'll celebrate the moment with some music!

This is the setup and it’s looking like the weather is going to be perfect. Break away if you can and we’ll celebrate the moment with some music!