Maxing the Odometer!

Friends, it’s looking to be a driving week over here at SpragueLand. Actually a rehearse, gig, drive, drive some more and then sleep week. Rehearse today, drive to L.A. for a private gig tonight, drive back, rehearse tomorrow, Thursday record, Friday drive to L.A. again for the LACCMA concert, Saturday to Idyllwild for an afternoon hit, Sunday a double hitter in SD and RSF, and then that night —sleep!

I love my car!

Green Element to the rescue!

Green Element to the rescue!

You know what I’m digging even more than my car these days? Check out Jacob Collier’s latest endeavor —harmonizeU.

What he does is he accepts little vid clips of your every person vocalist singing a little ditty. From there he filters this clip through his amazing harmonic mind and adds his vocal harmonies to the original clip. The results are mind blowing with brilliant harmonic choices and execution, charming to the hilt! See and hear for yourself and let me know if it brings as much joy to you as it does to me. This is music and humanity blending in a beautiful and creative way!

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We’ve got a few public gigs slated for this week and it kicks off with a Friday concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They run a summer jazz series and we’re thrilled to be included. Our angle is:

Peter Sprague Group – Jazz Explorations on Rock Classics
Featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cream, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix all realized through a jazz lens.

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Gillian Margot — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Danny Green — keyboards
Justin Grinnell — bass
Duncan Moore —drums

I know, it’s a long drive, especially on a Friday. But be happy ‘cuz the circus is coming to town later in the week! We’re playing the same program on Sunday early evening at a park in Rancho Santa Fe. It’s free, the band will be in good shape after the LA hit, and there’s ample parking for you to leave the world behind. Look below for the details and it’ll be great to start summer with you…

Here's a pic from the same event last year. Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the "magic hour of light" it's Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse. photo by Steve Grant

Here’s a pic from the same event last year.
Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the “magic hour of light” it’s Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse.
photo by Steve Grant

Also up for this week, we’ll be making music at the Idyllwild School of the Arts on Saturday at 3pm. It’s the second-annual “Let’s Build It” fundraiser, to build the Idyllwild Community Center at the Butterfield Commons on Strawberry Creek. It’s a whole day of music and food and should be a great time. Join in and again, deets below…

Here's the band from last year with Barnaby Finch and the gang. Jazz in the Pines!

Here’s the band from last year with Barnaby Finch and the gang. Jazz in the Pines!

Last on the list for this week, brother Leonard and I play a duo slot at the San Diego Festival of the Arts at Waterfront Park in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. They have a whole event going on with music, food, and art and we’re stoked to be in the mix. We hit at 12:30pm and it’ll be a hoot. Hope to see you there…

Leonard and Peter.

Leonard and Peter.

That’s the word for the week. Thanks for being in the loop and remember, keep the sky in your head!

adios, Peter

Blasting From Warsaw!

Hola! Metheny music blasting from Warsaw! You ever heard the recording Upojenie? It’s a wonderful collaboration by Pat Metheny and Anna Maria Jopek. It’s working wonders lifting the clouds over here on the coast.
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Last week we had a fun hit at Dizzy’s focusing in on the spirit and music of Joe Marillo. Good stories, great music, and friendship every which direction. Ron Satterfield ripped it up on guitar and voice!

Dizzy's with Gunnar, Duncan, Ron Satterfield, and Peter.

Dizzy’s with Gunnar, Duncan, Ron Satterfield, and Peter.

Another cool Kylie good gig on graduating gathering over on the deck here at SpragueLand. (How’s that for a collection of “g’s”?) She’s a solid character!

Family hang time on the deck! Kylie on the upper middle of the photo.

Family hang time on the deck! Kylie on the up right of the photo.

Up for this week, Duncan, Justin, and I are heading over to the Handlery Hotel for a Friday trio rampage. This gig is a fun one with all the folks in attendance really listening and the sound of the room is good. Parking too! Hope to see you there!

Trio time at Palomar! photo by Michael Oleta

Trio time at the Handlery!
photo by Michael Oleta

That’s the word for today friends. Thanks for reading and hope to see you out there, best, Peter

The Reed Goes on the Bottom!

Hi Folks, it’s a Sunday beyond belief! Simon and Garfunkel singing about “Cecilia”, the sun dancing around the sky—a nice spring combo setting it up for the upcoming week.

On Tuesday we honor one of the original SD jazz men, Joe Marillo. Joe recently passed away and he played a big part with jazz in our town. He continually educated the next generation of jazz kids, me and my gang included. He bent the rules so some of us high schooler’s could get into to the clubs and hear the music firsthand. He hipped us to mysto jazz scales and he even taught Tripp the correct orientation of the mouthpiece on the tenor sax. Turns out Tripp had been playing with the mouthpiece upside down. Hah!

We’re playing at Dizzy’s on Tuesday night and it’s a benefit concert raising funds for Joe’s kids. It’ll be a collection of SD jazz all stars, each playing a few tunes and sharing some stories and laughs. Joe was a funny cat!

Hope to see you there…

Joe and Peter hanging out at the Coyote Grill back a bunch of years.

Joe and Peter hanging out at the Coyote Grill back a bunch of years.

On Friday night vocalist Kevyn Lettau will join Tripp and I at Ki’s for a night of jazz, samba, folk, and Wonder. We’re pulling out one of our classics that I just revisited and it’ll be fun to share it around. You remember “Miracle of Love” from our BrasilJazz recording? A clever little ditty if I do say so myself! See you there…

Kevyn and Peter back a few years. Kind of warpy photo probably taken with the very first cell phone camera.

Kevyn and Peter back a few years. Kind of warpy photo probably taken with one of the very first cell phone cameras.

Allright, all set on the gig email and now I’m getting ready to head outdoors. Clear air for days…

adios, Peter