Carmen’s Swinging Donte’s!

Greetings Music Friends, I woke up today and was thinking about great jazz vocalists and this lead me to a record that my Dad loved called The Great American Songbook (Live) by Carmen McRae. My Dad played this disc to death and us kids soaked it up even though the main attraction for us at that time were The Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Jimi Hendrix. This collection of classic tunes was recorded live at Donte’s in Los Angeles in 1972 and includes Joe Pass on guitar and Jimmy Rowles on piano. Carmen’s a sassy handful and sings up a storm. I went to iTunes and with true digital magic, Jimmy Rowles’ quirky intro on “At Long Last Love” is coming to life in realtime and the morning is off to a swinging start.

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Last evening we played a show at Mira Costa College with Matt Falker and his True North singers and it was a hoot. The vocalists are incredible singing really complex arrangements and pulling it off effortlessly. We’re doing it again on Friday afternoon at the JEN Convention in San Diego and I think the general public can attend. JEN stands for Jazz Education Network and click here if you want more info.

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I’m tuning up my single neck nylon string guitar and readying the atmosphere for a solo guitar night at the Roxy Restaurant in downtown Encinitas. It’s all going on tomorrow (Thursday) night and it’s one of my favorite weekly moments. Hope to see you there.

Tuning it up and getting ready for the Roxy.  photo by Hiro Ikezi

Tuning it up and getting ready for the Roxy.
photo by Hiro Ikezi

The big news for this week, and right in line with incredible jazz singers, vocalist Sinne Eeg is joining us for a night of music at Dizzy’s on Friday night. She lives in Copenhagen and tours extensively all over Europe and it’s a real treat when she ventures to L.A. and from there makes her way south to share her sound with us. We’ve played Dizzy’s two times in the years prior and both have been super well attended and truly magical nights of music. She has a new recording out called Face the Music and it won the Danish Music Award for vocal jazz album of year 2014. For our Dizzy’s hit it’ll be me on guitar, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums backing up Sinne. Big fun ahead for this one! See you there…

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Sinne Eeg

As promised, the mixing and video editing are complete and if you want to see how the Christmas Eve 2014 Del Mar concert went down, click below and check ‘er out. It was once again a warm day and the sun was cooking the instruments, the mixing board was a frying pan, Peter and Duncan had weird looking hats going on, the band navigated some tricky charts with true professional valor, and the happy people of San Diego turned out in droves. What a great life it is delivering sound for a living!

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There it is good people and I’ll see you out in the world, Peter

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.

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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!

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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!

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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