Chaka’s Hearing Music

Good Folks, Chaka’s hearing music, singing music and I’m drifting back to a 1982 Elektra Records release in which soul and pop vocalist Chaka Khan teams up with Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and a stellar jazz rhythm section. The album is called Echoes of an Era and it’s a good one.

This project caught my ear ‘cuz I love the idea of genre jumping and having Chaka sing jazz stretches out to some new territory. She sounds great and the 1940’s Tin Pan Alley gem “I Hear Music” is one of my favorites. It’ll be our project for this week. I’ve taken the cool Monk-ish intro that Chick penned and added it to the tune for us to play live in Rancho Santa Fe with vocalist Rebecca Jade and Leonard leading the way.

Sure that’s music
Mighty fine music
The singing of a sparrow in the sky
The perking of the coffee right near by
“I Hear Music” by Lane/Loesser
 

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Up for this week, on Friday night I’ll be playing at Ki’s Restaurant in Cardiff. The group will be Blurring the Edges with Fred Benedetti on guitar, Tripp Sprague on sax, flute, and percussion and me on the guitar. We’ve got a good setlist planned and magic times originate at Ki’s overlooking the ocean with the summer warmth filtering in. See you there!

Blurring the Edges a little while back in Escondido. From left to right: Peter, Fred, and Tripp.

Blurring the Edges a little while back in Escondido. From left to right: Peter, Fred, and Tripp.

On Sunday I’ve got a double header with first up, a concert at 11am at the La Jolla Arts Fest. It’ll be Fred and I doing our thing along with a vast collection of art and great food. Look below for details. All ages welcome!

And from there I’m off to play a free outdoor concert at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with a stellar band. The Village Community Presbyterian Church is putting this together and it’ll be held at the outdoor front lawn in front of the Inn. It’s a killer setup and we’ve got some new tunes worked out! Join me, Rebecca Jade, Leonard Patton, Tripp Sprague, Gunnar Biggs, and Duncan Moore for an afternoon of jazz and samba, Beatles and Cream, and a few of my originals. “I Hear Music” is in there too…

Rebecca Jade and Peter playing at the PS Plays Stevie concert.

Rebecca Jade and Peter playing at the PS Plays Stevie concert.

These summer days are blowing my mind! Morning and evening swims mixed in with music and family dinners. Life is fantastic and hope it’s going great for you too.

all best, Peter

Here Now With Motown’s Favorite Son!

Hi Folks, just back from a killer Indian food dinner hang and now I’m on the computer with Stevie Wonder filling the air waves. He’s singing “Superwoman” and it’s GOOD! “Where were you when I needed you last winter?” I’m not sure where I was then but I’m here now and totally digging Stevie’s vibe.

We had a fun show last week at 98 Bottles with Buzz and Tim playing up a storm. Tim sang some Credence and Led Zeppelin and blew our minds. What a voice!

The Six String Society at 98 Bottles with (left to right) Jonny Bowler, Buzz Campbell, Peter, Tim Walsh, and Leonard Patton. photo by Ken Seals

The Six String Society at 98 Bottles with (left to right) Jonny Bowler, Buzz Campbell, Peter, Tim Walsh, and Leonard Patton.
photo by Ken Seals

Good news on the Ocean In Your Eyes front as a glowing review just filtered in complete with two thumbs way up! More good news, I have a bunch of copies left for sale! Hah!

Click here to check out the review and click here to procure your very own copy of the CD.

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The gig plan for this week starts with a long drive to LA on Friday to join up with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and the rest of the gang to play a night of great jazz at Vitello’s. Allison has a new recording called April In Paris and we’ll be using that as our touchstone for the music. I know it’ll sound great with the piano magic of Josh Nelson at the helm. Look below for the details and hope to see you there!

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I’ll be playing solo at the Roxy on Sunday night which turns out to be Father’s Day and it continues to be one of my favorite places. Great food with the downtown Encinitas ambience in the early parts of summer couldn’t be any better. Mix in live music and it’s a cinched deal. Join in!

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If you’re tuning your radio dial on Monday night (6/16/2014) hunt us down at KSDS Jazz 88 at 7:20pm and we’ll be sharing some tales and tunes leading up to our CD release concert at Jazz Live. Kevyn will be in the loop with me and I’m bringing my guitar. Call in and harass us if you please!

There it is and now Stevie’s got “Master Blaster Jammin’” on his mind. Motown’s favorite son getting down!

all best, P

Slingology 101!

Hanging Ten to you from SpragueLand! It was a neat morning with my daughter and I taking on the mini waves at Beacon’s. That’s a slice of fantastic living and the summer has just kicked in!

PS streaking at Beacons a few months back. Kylie and I were coming out of the ocean this morning and a friend in the parking lot said he had a photo of me surfing during one of the winter swells. It wasn't like this this morning but fun to see how good it can get! photo by Jeff Rose

PS streaking at Beacons a few months back. Kylie and I were coming out of the ocean this morning and a friend in the parking lot said he had a photo of me surfing during one of the winter swells. It wasn’t like this this morning but great to see how good it can get!
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We had a cool sneak visit with Kevin Hennessy and his wife Lisa who are now living in Columbia, Missouri. Kevin was THE man of the low end bass in our group for many years and for many recordings. Super fun catching up and I’m hoping the next time he’s out we can blend him into the sonic loop for a gig or two. Play on good man!

Sneek visit with Kev! From left to right, Peter, Stefanie Sprague, Kevin and his wife Lisa. photo by Kylie Sprague

Sneek visit with Kev! From left to right, Peter, Stefanie Sprague, Kevin and his wife Lisa.
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I have two shows this week that both look like fun. First up is Friday night at 98 Bottles for an event called “The Six String Society” featuring guitarists Buzz Campbell, Tim Walsh and myself. We’ll each play some solo selections, share some stories about the life of the guitar slinger, and then, as the evening progresses bring in Leonard Patton on vocals and ending with all of us jamming out on Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Both Tim, Buzz, and I come from different musical backgrounds so the night ought to have an interesting cross sonic pollination. Can’t wait!

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On Saturday night my Ocean In Your Eyes group is playing a show at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living at an event called Stand By Attila Tota. This is a fundraiser and celebration of Attila Tota, who is a wonderful fellow unfortunately facing large medical bills due to an unusually aggressive skin cancer. We’re honored to be included in the nights music program and we’ll do our best to bring joy through our music. It’s open to the public so please come on out if you can.

Attila and his wife Lisa.

Attila and his wife Lisa.

There it is good folks and thanks for reading along. Hope to see you out there.
all the very best, Peter

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“Belief”
Kevyn and I are playing a gig together this week and this inspired me to listen to our 2008 release What is Enough? When I came to our rendition of John Mayer’s “Belief” this lead me to see what he’s up to on YouTube and I came across these cool videos of him at Berklee School of Music talking about his songwriting process. I loved it, love his composing and love hearing again our new way of playing “Belief”. The tune has a wonderful message and Kevyn sings up a storm.  Check it out!