Governor On My Intellect!

Good Day Sunshine! I might of said it before (The Beatles beautifully said it before) but what else do you call it when the crisp morning air is augmented by a forever blue sky and welcoming warming sun on the rise? It’s gonna be a good one today friends!

I like these days where you get a lot of sleep, feeling clear with plenty of energy to take it all on. Smart—it’s good to be smart in these moments.  Quite unlike those days where I’m out late at a gig and because of my life long up with the sun, early morning surf ritual, I’m compromised. The rest of the day there’s a governor on my intellect, slowing my brain activity and robbing away mini pockets of energy. Urgghh, that’s what you get for taking up a career in jazz.

Wouldn’t trade it in though…

My guitar taking in a good day of flowers and sun.

The Sprague Brothers are riding again this Wednesday night at The Roxy! We’ll keep riding as long as you keep responding with that spirited Encinitas enthusiasm. It’ll be Tripp and me along with some guests starting at 6:30pm. Big fun ahead and hope to see you there…

The Sprague’s riding again! That fellow on the left is a bully but we’re smiling in spite of it. Left to right Kevin the bully, Peter, Terry (our sister) and little Tripp. On the beach in Del Mar back in the 60’s.

Next Leonard, Tripp, and I are heading out once again to the desert to play a concert at the Rancho Mirage Library. It’ll be a free show on Thursday night and we’ve been fortunate to be included in this music series for the last few years. It’s a beautiful venue with good sound and an attentive audience. I know it’s a long way from here but maybe pass along the good news to your desert friends. We’d love to meet them!

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

And then we’re back for a night of incredible jazz singing with vocalist Sinne Eeg zipping in from Denmark. She’s a true jazzer, beautifully shaping the melody and then scatting like nobody’s business. The band is Sinne on vocals, bassist Gunnar Biggs, drummer Duncan Moore, and me on guitar. We’ll play a few jazz standards, some of Sinne’s original music which traverses from bossa nova to even a neo-country tune (Scandinavian cowboy jazz), and we’ve got a few of my originals in there too. It all takes place at Dizzy’s in San Diego on Morena Blvd. on Saturday night. You’ll love it!

Sinne Eeg, Danish vocalist.

That’s the story for today and thanks for joining in. See ya’ on the next loop, best, Peter

The Hills Are Alive

Friends, here’s a quick shout out from SpragueLand, where the hills look Salzburg in the Sound of Music. Green to the horizon and yellow flowers spicing it up — that’s what rain will do for you. It’s a great time to be making music in the key of H20…

Right now looking out the window at SpragueLand. Green as far as the eye can see!

For this week, the only gig around here is Wednesday night at the Roxy in Encinitas. Leonard Patton is with me and we play the first set together followed by the 2nd set with a few friends sitting in. Can’t wait and please join us if you can.

Peter and Leonard singing for their supper!

This morning we rehearsed the String Consort music and on Thursday night we’ll be up in Idyllwild playing a concert at the new Lowman Concert Hall. Can’t wait to check this place out and I know the band is all set to make some sound. It’s a long way from here but if you can make it out we’d love to see you. Maybe a few snow patches too.

The Peter Sprague String Consort playing in Idyllwild a few summers back.

Let your SF friends know that I’ll be up in there with the Billy Childs group playing a Saturday night concert at the amazing Herbst Theatre. Billy has taken Laura Nyro’s music and added his own thing to it. The band is stellar including Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja on vocals. Jump on board!

Here’s the Billy Childs band with (left to right) Ben Shepard, Peter, Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja, Billy Childs, and Donald Barrett.

That’s it and all the best, Peter

Al’s Breakin’ Away

Fine Folks, I’m hoping it’s a good time over at your house. Today as I write Al Jarreau is singing “Closer To Your Love” and it’s a bittersweet moment. Al exited earth last week and for me his music has been interwoven into the details of my life. What an amazing mix of pop and jazz and he and his team forged new frontiers in mixing up pop groove with cool jazz harmony. His records would come out and a bunch of us would play them to fill the house with a great vibe and then the next moment found us transcribing the music to add tunes to our live gig playlist. Kevyn would sing the tunes and we even had a stint where Ron Satterfield was in the band and man, that dude had the spirit of Al coursing through his blood. Great times and Jarreau was at the center of it. I’ll sure miss him.

Al Jarreau

I once had a chance to play a concert with Al back in the late 80’s. I was doing some gigs with Chick Corea and for a gig in Washington, D.C. Chick got Al to join the band. There we were, walking out on stage, looking out into a sea of people at the National Mall and Al started singing “Spain”. Pure magic and a real highpoint in my life.

Check out this vid that I ran into recently with Al and pianist Michel Petrucciani playing “Mais Que Nada”. Talk about groove, wow! Bolted into the very core of the earth, I dig it!

This week I’ve got a few music hits lined up starting with TONIGHT at the Clairemont Library. It’ll be Beth on flute and me on guitar playing a free hour long concert starting at 6pm. Sounds fun and easy, all except the tricky licks I composed on “Empowered”. After I finish this gig email I’m heading to the practice room to get musically ALIGNED…

Beth Ross Buckley and Peter Sprague

Friday night I’m heading over to Ki’s Restaurant to meet up with Leonard Patton for an evening of jazz, samba, Beatles, Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and maybe we can add in a Jarreau tune too. Super great gig with killer food and if you get there early enough you can take in the sunset. Big fun!

On Saturday night I’m meeting up with pianist John Opferkuch to play a hit at Northern Spirits in San Marcus. Duncan on drums and Harley on bass are also part of the ensemble and John’s a great muso with some nice original tunes in his back pocket. Good times ahead!

John Opferkuch

There it is folks. Thanks for tuning in and see you out there in the real world…

all best, Peter