Open Music

Good People, hope this early October day finds you living the good life of autumn. Love and blessings to those harmed in the Las Vegas tragedy. It makes my stomach turn. Please stop this insanity on our beloved planet earth…

Today I’ve got some news about OpenMusic. This is the name of a group of great jazz musicians that share their music and teaching through the medium of online instructional videos. The roster of players includes bassists Christian McBride and Rueben Rodgers, pianist Peter Martin, trumpeter Sean Jones, drummers Greg Hutchinson and Ulysses Owens Jr., vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and on guitars Romero Lumbambo and me. I’m honored to be included! My connection with these folks is a bunch of them have played in the group with Dianne Reeves. (I’ve played with Dianne on and off for the last 5 years and still have some concerts with her lined up). 

Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of a NEW video series that I’ve developed with OpenMusic called Great Guitar Covers. I’ve created videos of me playing solo on some cool tunes. Included is the help of having the sheet music scroll along at the same time. And also included are teaching videos where I go in depth on how I play the arrangements and why I chose this chord instead of that. And, ta dah, finally the PDF of the sheet music appears in your download too.

Here’s the song list and more info:

If this all looks good and you’re interested, follow this link:

https://www.openstudionetwork.com/psfriend/

And because we’re all friends, we’ve arranged for a special launch discount where “friends of PS” get 20% off of the course.

Use offer code:

PSFRIENDGGC 

And maybe you’re not a player but just an enthusiastic listener. Well, the new vids are here at YouTube and are totally free to take in. I had fun creating them and I’m stoked that they finally get to join the cyber brain trust. Have fun!

For live music this week both Leonard and I are thrilled to play a show at the Cardiff Library on Wednesday evening. It starts at 7pm and the sound is good and the vibe is tops! It’s free too so lots to be thankful for.

Leonard and Peter having a laugh in full bop swing!
Photo by Steve Wood

There it is folks, opening to music, opening to the good things in life….namaste, Peter

Pushing Faders!

Hey Folks, it’s been a recording studio immersion world this week and happiness is pushing faders! All sorts of creative musos showing up at SpragueLand for the good country living and the excellent sounding Neumann microphones.

In the studio with Sacha and the gang. Left to right, PS, Tom Aros, John B. Williams, Sacha, Rayford, and Mikan.

Happiness is also playing music out in the world in realtime. And so, that brings us to the only public gig this week and it all takes place at Ki’s Restaurant on Friday night. It’ll be vocalist Stacy Antonel, Gunnar on bass, and me on guitar. I met Stacy a couple of months ago when she came and recorded at my studio. What a wonderful singer and great vibe and it’ll be fun to have a whole night of music together with hopefully you there too. Look below for the fine print…

Stacy and Peter

That’s it friends and see you soon, Peter

Coltrane’s Calculus

Folks!

Just back from a mini surf session with an amazing sunset. The water is still warm and there’s a bunch of good reasons to feel good. Stan Getz is filling the air, Astrud is singing, and now I’m talking to you.

Last week I took in the music and warm vibe of Raul Midon syncing up bongo hands, guitar playing, and vocals all at the same time. What a creative fellow and what an honor to be in his sphere…

Hanging at MOMM with the incredible Raul Midon.

Later in the week Leonard and I met up and had a great show at the First United Methodist Church of Chula Vista. After all of these years playing music together, hanging with him is still one of my favorite ways to share the sound. Freedom, creativity, and a touch of humor is the magic blend.

I’ve got some funny chord going on and Leonard’s trying to memorize the fingering.
Photo by Steve Wood

First up for this week, on Thursday night we’re playing a concert at Dizzy’s featuring Rob Schneiderman on piano, Tripp on sax and flute, Mack on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on guitar. We’re calling it a Math Jam and this is to honor Rob, who grew up in Del Mar but later moved to NYC and morphed deeply into math. Now he’s a college professor and balances teaching with playing bebop. I figure he’s a master of Coltrane’s Calculus.

Here’s the blip for the concert:

Pianist and math guru Rob Schneiderman zips in from NYC to share the gospel of sound and numbers with his musician comrades who, in a crunch, can also tackle a theorem or two. 

That’s right, we’ll be crunching numbers and wicked chord changes all at the same time and hope you can join us for a wonderful night of music.

Rob Schniderman on piano.

Next up, on Friday night we’re playing a trio hit at the super cool La Jolla Community Center. This place has great acoustics and they do a food and concert blendo that folks really dig. It’ll be Tripp on sax and flute, Justin Grinnell on bass, and me on guitar. I wrote a new tune the other day and we’ll give it a maiden voyage launch along with some other cool selections. Hope to see you there!

The first page of the new tune.

On Saturday I’m going nonstop! First an afternoon Mission Hills Library concert with Beth Ross Buckley on flute and then that night I’ll be with singer/songwriter Deborah Liv Johnson at the SD Folk Heritage Society concert series in Carlsbad. Both of these gals play beautiful music and I’m stoked to be in the loop with them. Check below for details…

Peter and Deborah Liv Johnson.

Last up, on Sunday the great Gene Bertoncini is playing a solo show at Dizzy’s and I’m going just to be in the audience and take in his beautiful guitar playing. He’s long been one of my favorites and this is a rare chance to hear him live. If you want to go here’s a link to the details. Maybe we’ll see you there.

Gene Bertoncini

There it is, a week filled with music. Just the way I like it….stay well, Peter