Ain’t Nothing But a Party at the Village Vanguard!

Gifted Folks of Cali! Just like the early morning south wind, things are hovering over here at SpragueLand. Recording, mixing, horn arrangements, house concerts, rehearsals, gigananda, chart writing, and even does the car need gas? Life on eleven, foot to the floor, big open sky and the wide view! Love the entire hurricane of it…

The plan for live concerts this weeks begins on Thursday night at Off Broadway Live in Santee. We’re bringing together a stellar group of musos including Leonard Patton and Gillian Margot on vocals, Geoffrey Keezer on keys, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Justin Grinnell on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and I get to play the guitar. The music we’re focusing on is Stevie Wonder! He’s one of my main influences and his songs are modern day masterpieces. Can you hear it? — Livin’ For the City, Knocks Me Off My Feet, Do I Do, and the list goes long. We’ve got these amped up arrangements and it’s jazz and it’s funk and it ain’t nothing but a party at the Village Vanguard! Hah! Follow the link below to procure tickets and details and join us for a special night!

Here’s a YouTube link to last years “Night of Stevie Wonder” concert. Pretty cool Gillian and Leonard on “Do I Do”.

Next up, the long and creative tradition of Blurring the Edges takes the stage at Grossmont College for a program of jazz, classical, flamenco, Beatles, bossa nova, and the blues. Blurring the line between them all and filling it up with improvisation. Magic stuff when it works and we’re thinking the switch will be on on Friday night. With Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, and me too. Concert setting and you’re all invited!

A collage of guitar necks! Every which way! Blurring the Edges with Peter, Fred and Tripp.

And ending out the week for live music is a Saturday evening hit at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, percussionist Tommy Aros, and me with the six strings. Allison has an amazing voice and selects super cool songs. Tommy is an avatar of rhythm and this venue for music is most inviting—small and intimate! See you if you can make it.

Allison and I setting up a duet piece at Vitello’s in LA a few years ago. There’s a lot of stage between us and that’s because the band left it to us for a couple of tunes.

There it is for this week and also look for a special new CD release email tomorrow.

Coming!

laters, P

Jazz Beatles Guitar House Concert!

Good Friends, it’s a good time over here on the coast and for this week we’re drumming up a special house concert playing Beatles tunes! It’ll be maestro Fred Benedetti on guitar and ukulele and me on the twin neck guitar. I don’t think you could find more devoted Beatle fans anywhere than us two. The concert takes place on Friday, April 21.

We love the Beatles and what we do is take our favorite songs and then explore how we can put our jazz influence on them with new fancy chords and improvisation. We’re including the Liverpudlian beautiful ballads, some rockers, some samba, and even the Indian raga flavored “Within Without You”. Ravi Shankar you are loved!

The concert will be at Tokeli’s house in Vista. The plan is to meet at 7pm for cocktails and appetizers (included) and then the music starts at 7:30pm. House concerts are amazing with great sound (everyone is really listening) and you’re right up close. Super friendly setup and setup and chances are high for the music to really take off!

The best way to join in if you’re interested is to buy tickets here: TICKETS

I’ll email you the address the day before and we’ll have your name and info when you arrive. 

We sure hope you can join us and until then, Fred and I are tuning up our guitars and prepping for the magic!

all the best, Peter

Jazz Politics in Washington!

Hi Good People, I’m coming to you from rainy Portland. Stef and I are on a getaway to check in with our daughter Kylie. She lives up here and is loving it.

There’s a lot to love about Oregon—an abundance of natural beauty, trees forever, clean air, clever food spots with more than usual vegan options, and good happy people. For a few days we ventured to the coast to see Astoria and Seaside and man did the drizzle overcast feature click into overdrive. All day, three days, water from the sky. Nothing new for them but news to me. Now I see why I’m so sold on SoCal with it’s generous dose of sun and warmth. Nice being up here for a change and especially great spending time with Kylie. She’s a good kid!

It’s us! With Stef on the left, me in the middle and young Kylie on the right.

Seaside, Oregon. The most hardcore conditions, big vicious ocean, the longest beach ever, dark sky, and cold. Just a normal day at the beach!

Family portrait at the shipwreck! Bundled up and trying to stay warm in the Pacific Northwest springtime!

Right before this Portland trip I did a quick run to D.C. to play at Kennedy Center with pianist Billy Childs and his group. What a band and what a venue! Playing wild notes while just down the street Congress was fielding wild notes, trying to figure out which way to steer this country. Jazz politics in Washington…

I’m heading back to SD late Saturday and right away on Sunday Leonard Patton and I make our way to the Scripps Ranch Library for a free afternoon concert. It’s a cool venue with good sound and it’ll be a real nice way to re-enter the world after a week a way. Hope to see you there!

Leonard and Peter.

I have 2 new albums just ready to be released! A solo guitar CD Lucy In the Sky that I already have copies and a new recording with vocalist Rebecca Jade called Planet Cole Porter. I’ll have copies of that one on Monday, just in time for our live show at KSDS Radio’s “Jazz Live” event at the Saville Theatre at San Diego City College. I’ll formally get the word out on these new recordings once the dust has settled from my recent travels but for now, please come to our gig on Tuesday night, check out the music, and be the first (not sure that’s really important) to get the new CD. The band is me on the guitar, Rebecca on vocals, Tripp on sax and flute, Gunnar holding down the low end on bass, and Duncan on drums. It’ll be a hoot and we’d love to see you there!

Moving through the week, on Thursday afternoon Leonard and I will play a free concert at Palomar College. They have an ongoing concert series and this week it’s us at the helm, sending music into the room. Good sound over there and good folks too. Can’t wait!

Leonard and Peter
photo by Thomas Westerlin

Friday night at 7:30 finds Leonard and I sharing our music at Harbor Music Hall in Little Italy. We’ve had some inspired moments in this creative spot and it’s a joy to return. Give it a try and I think you’ll dig the downtown scene for a change…

I haven’t been playing the solo Roxy gig lately. The talking background noise started to effect my happiness level. An inner voice kept nagging at me, “you’ve played a lot of notes in your life and if ever the background noise starts to overtake you, pack up the gear and find someplace new.” I’m still on the search for silence and beauty and I’m told the Witch Creek Winery in Carlsbad might work. I’m lined up to play there on Saturday night and I’ll have my solo stuff worked up and ready to launch into the vast sonic unknown. Join me if you can!

There it is folks and lots of good to be grateful for. After this gig email gets complete, Stef, Ky, and I plan to walk through a few parks in the rain, taking in the green, taking in the joy of family…see ‘ya on the next loop, Peter