Beauty of Traffic!

Heya Friends, love this spring day and I’ve been working on the bop details of Bud Powell’s “Dance of the Infidels”. It’s a tricky little ditty and it begs for a decent tempo. Thus, one needs to practice a lot to be able to pull it off live. NYC pianist and long time friend Bill Mays just flew in to town and we’ve got two shows lined up. We just this moment wrapped up a rehearsal and we worked on his songs, songs of mine, a few standards, a Bach 2 parter, and Bud’s “Dance”.

The two shows are just the two of us stirring it up and we start off at The Merc in Temecula on Thursday night. Next we have Friday off and then our marching orders reel us into Palm Springs where we have a Saturday night hit at Pete Carlson’s Golf Shop. It sounds weird but it’s actually a great listening jazz venue. I know both gigs are a kind of far from SD but tell me truthfully, who doesn’t like to drive at 5:30pm on Freeway 15? You got to change your perspective and experience the BEAUTY of traffic. Hah! I’m working on it.

If you want to brave it to be with us look below for the details.

PS and Bill Mays ironing out the bop details at SpragueLand.

Next up, Sunday evening finds us at Dizzy’s in San Diego with Sinne Eeg from Denmark singing up a storm. She’s one of my absolute favorite vocalists ever! It’ll be Sinne singing, me on guitar, Gunnar on bass, and Charlie Weller playing drums. If you can make it out I think you’ll love Sinne’s music. Hope to see you there!

Sinne Eeg, Danish vocalist.

There it is my good friends! Thanks for reading…

namaste, P

Jim Hall’s Love of the Thirteen Flat Nine!


Good People!

Jim Hall is strumming some wild Spanish guitar on a long overlooked (at least in my CD collection) version of “Concerto de Aranjuez”. Thirteen flat nine chords abound and frolic in some sort of twisted progression. I like it and this tracks fills up the air as I tune back in with you, my favorite internet peeps. Play on Sir James, play on good man!

I had a fun last couple of weeks with a little travel and music. Here are some images:

Love fest at Dizzy’s with Jim Plank, Tripp, Bob Magnusson, Duncan, and me.
photo by Barbara Wise

House concert in the outback of Carlsbad with Bridget, Lars, me, and Barnaby Finch. Barnaby was in the audience and we invited him up to play the last tune. He’s amazing and was a great sport, making the most of an ultra out of tune piano. Mister Toads wild ride in tonality!

We drove to Yuma and had a great show! That’s us on the right.

Yuma and after the sun went down it started to get cold. Bundled up with Leonard on the left and me on the right.

For this week Tripp and me along with bassist Justin Grinnell are playing the Friday night Ki’s gig. Super fun and I’m arranging a couple of new tunes for us to swim into. This makes me think about these old photos of Tripp and me in younger days doing our thing. I came across these in a box stored in my surf shed. They were shot by our Dad and he had a way with black and white film.

This is Tripp when we lived in Del Mar on Luneta Drive back in the 70’s. Can you see that he’s holding our cat Sam. He later named his son Sam.
photo by Hall Sprague

Me looking over a chart of handwritten music. Now I use my computer to write the songs out. This is from the 90’s when I lived off of Carmel Valley Road in Del Mar.

rock and roll folks and hope to see you at Ki’s, best, Peter

Swinging in French!

Bonjour good friends!

Today we had a bunch of cool musos over and they recorded a tune that me and Coronado Pete (’Nado Pete) put together.  Originally it was in English and for today’s version it was translated into French. We had Allison Adams Tucker singing, Joe Amato playing guitar, Chris Vitas on violin, and Justin Grinnell on bass. They gypsy jazzed “Sentimentally Me” and what magic traveling to Paris for the afternoon! I’m not sure what ‘Nado Pete is going to do with the song but it sounds good and if he posts it online, I’ll be sure to share it with you. Aural international transporting lever switched on!

I had a lot of fun zipping to the East Coast and connecting with Dianne Reeves and the band for a hit on the campus of the University of Connecticut. As always Dianne was singing up a storm! I had one afternoon off and I went to this wrap place and ordered the most amazing Greek salad for completely low bucks. Wow food is expensive over here in California!

Live in Connecticut, eat green food and live forever!

Coming up this week on Friday we have a concert with violinist Bridget Dolkas and cellist Lars Hoefs. We’re completing the last details for our new record and Lars is getting ready to go back to Brazil for the year so we decided to do one last show at Bridget’s house out in the country in Carlsbad. You are all invited and house concerts tend to be really fun musically and a cool social hang too. Look below for details and we’d love to have you with us.

Strings everywhere you look with PS, Bridget, and Lars
photo by Beth Ross Buckley

The city of Encinitas is having a celebration at the library on Saturday afternoon and they are having all sorts of events and live music. They’ve included us playing a set at 3:30 pm. It’ll be Mack on bass, Tripp on saxophone, and me on guitar. We always love the concerts there with grade A listeners and exceptional acoustics. The event is free and it’ll be some good times.

On Saturday night I’m heading over to Dizzy’s to play with the Bob Magnuson group. Bob is a true bass hero, not only here in San Diego but also throughout the world. He isn’t playing as much these days, just taking it easy, but he’s coming out of the woodwork on Saturday and has in store a nice collection of songs and acoustic moods. It’ll be Tripp on sax, me on guitar, Jim Plank on vibes, Duncan Moore on drums, and Bob working in the basement. Big fun at Dizzy’s and join in if you can.

Bob Magnusson on bass.
photo by Michael Oletta

That’s the weekly spin folks and thanks for tuning in.

au revoir, Leucadia Pierre