Calling it a Wrap in Arizona

Friends, I’m just coming off the road today and dove-tailing into a super busy week here at home. First up though, how about a flashback into the last two weeks since we last spoke?

I went through multiple back and forth’s from here to the East Coast and had the good fortune of experiencing some whack-cold weather back there. NYC was nine degrees and even Miami was dipping down below what it’s supposed to be. We had great music with Dianne Reeves and the band, got to visit my cousin Shelley and her son Gabe in Hartford, had a wonderful hang at Rob and Raquel Schneiderman’s warm and cozy apartment in NYC and finally a safe landing back in San Diego. Here are some photos:

Here is the band at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center playing the opening instrument tune. That's Peter Martin on piano, Reginal Veal on bass, Terryon Gulley on drums, and me on guitar.

Here is the band at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center playing the opening instrumental tune. That’s Peter Martin on piano, Reginal Veal on bass, Terryon Gulley on drums, and me on guitar.

This is Paul Boothe the tour manager and sound man. He makes everything right but you also don't want to cross him. He's intense!

This is Paul Boothe the tour manager and sound man. He makes everything right but you also don’t want to cross him. He’s intense!

I took a trip on a train up to 125th Street to visit Rob and Raquel and their apartment is one of those off in the distance.

I took a trip on a train up to 125th Street to visit Rob and Raquel. Their apartment is one of those off in the distance.

Peter can wear a suit too! Barely! This is me in the dressing room with mirrors and lights forever.

Peter can wear a suit too! Barely! This is me in the dressing room with mirrors and lights highlighting the imperfections.

Here's Terryon at our Hartford gig striking a very current pose of "what's the rest of the world doing at this very moment" as reported by the almighty smart phone.

Here’s Terryon at our Hartford gig striking a very current pose of “what’s the rest of the world doing at this very moment” as reported by the almighty smart phone.

From our Jazz at Lincoln Center concert this great review in the New York Times emerged.

The Dianne tour morphed into some gigs with the Billy Childs Ensemble. First up was Portland and then last night we shared the sonic revolution with the good folks of Phoenix, Arizona. Super fun times and here you go with a few pics to tell that story.

Arriving in Portland and it's a super clear sunny Mt. Hood to great us!

Arriving in Portland and it’s a super clear sunny Mt. Hood to greet us!

From Portland we traveled to Phoenix and played at the Musical Instrument Museum. Here's the band with (left to right) Ben Shepard, Peter, Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja, Billy Childs, and Donald Barrett.

From Portland we traveled to Phoenix and played at the Musical Instrument Museum. Here’s the band with (left to right) Ben Shepard, Peter, Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja, Billy Childs, and Donald Barrett.

After our concert they gave us a private tour of the museum and you know I have an interest in double neck guitars. Check out this Ibanez beauty!

After our concert they gave us a private tour of the museum and you know I have an interest in double neck guitars. Check out this Ibanez beauty!

And this vintage Duane Eddy guitar!

And this vintage Duane Eddy guitar!

This isn't a double neck but it's one of the first synth guitars ever made and I too once owned one. It was a DOG! You could hardly survive a gig with the way it tracked.

This isn’t a double neck but it’s one of the first synth guitars ever made and I too once owned one. It was a DOG! You could hardly survive a gig with the way it tracked.

My favorite thing at the museum was this giant upright bass. Oh my! That's Billy standing next to it to give the whole thing some perspective. Big bottom!

My favorite thing at the museum was this giant upright bass. Oh my! That’s Billy standing next to it to give the whole thing some perspective. Big bottom!

Now I’m back home and here for a good chunk of time. As soon as I finish this gig email I’m off to the ocean to catch some waves and attempt to equalize the rigors of the road with a little salt water tonic.

But first, an update on this week’s hometown concerts.

On Thursday night we’re getting the quartet together to play a hit at Croce’s. It’ll be Tripp, Gunnar, Duncan and myself dipping into the straight up swing and samba songbook. Croce’s has really good sound and for this night they’re having a prefix dinner special. Follow the link below for reservations and details. Hope to see you there!

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

For Friday night at Ki’s Restaurant I’m teaming up with vocalist Nina Francis and my brother Tripp for a night of “Nina Sings the Standards.” Nina has been doing wonderful things back here in San Diego after her four year musical college experience at USC. Lately she’s been focusing on her own music and playing a ton of shows. I love the way she sings jazz too and so upon my suggestion for this gig we’re highlighting the gems in the Great American Songbook, taking a ride where Ella and Sarah have so elegantly gone before. Big fun ahead with jazz, eating great food and gazing out to the wild blue at Ki’s. See you there!

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For Saturday night I’m super excited about presenting the Peter Sprague String Consort at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. This is one of my favorite ensembles and we are thrilled to have cellist Lars Hoefs (back from Brazil) playing the show with us. We have a couple of new songs in the repertoire and judging from how it went a month back at our concert at UC Riverside there’s a good chance the band will achieve liftoff and the follow up show will unfortunately be held on Mars. If you’ve wondered how a classical string quartet intermingles with a jazz guitar trio and what this might sound like, Saturday night at the museum is your chance to hear it live and in person. Look below for the details and see you there!

PS String Consort with Mack, Peter, Bridget, Pam, Jeanne, Lars, and Duncan.

PS String Consort with Mack, Peter, Bridget, Pam, Jeanne, Lars, and Duncan.

Last up for this busy week of music is a show we’re putting together for Sunday night at Dizzy’s focusing on the music of Brazil. Allison Adams Tucker’s group will start out the concert with a set and then it’s on to our group featuring the songs of Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Antonios Carlos Jobim, and this obscure California composer named Peter Sprague. In the band is Leonard singing, Tripp playing the sax and flute, Mack on bass, Duncan on drums and me on guitar. For the very end of the concert we’re putting both bands together for one last tune. Samba until you drop with the beautiful spirit of Brazil guiding your every step. Can’t wait!

Allison Adams Tucker group with me and Tripp too! Also a few others but this is basically one of the ensembles for the Brasil Dizzy's hit.

Allison Adams Tucker group with me and Tripp too! Also a few others but this is basically one of the ensembles for the Brasil Dizzy’s hit.

In between all of this travel I was home for a day to see our daughter Kylie off on a plane to Chile. I also took in a classic Encinitas sunset with lovely Stef.

She's leaving home for Chile. Kylie at the airport off to wild adventures!

She’s leaving home for Chile. Kylie at the airport off to wild adventures!

Stef and I taking a walk with the warm light of the Encinitas sunset.

Stef and I taking a walk with the warm light of the Encinitas sunset.

There it is folks, a whirlwind blending into some ocean lotion and then finally some homespun jazz. Thanks for taking the ride with me. It’s good to be home and it’ll be fun to see you all soon.

adios, Peter

Jay’s Popcorn Strat

Hi Friends, vintage Al Jarreau is on the box. How about that trombone intro on “Breaking Away”? Killer moment of music! Jay Graydon’s strat guitar part dissecting the big wide beats with 16th note popcorn insanity. This is maybe the highpoint of Al’s swirl through music. It’s a good way to fill the office airwaves, setting up another good day in Cali.

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I’ve got a bunch of traveling coming up. Next week I’ll be in NYC with Dianne Reeves for 2 nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center and then we play Hartford, Connecticut right after that. Then from there it’s back home for a couple of days to see my daughter Kylie off to Chile for her study abroad. Then I’m heading to Miami to play with Dianne and from there, to Portland to join forces with Billy Childs’ group, then to Arizona for a concert with Billy, and finally back home at the end of the month. The airports will be my living room and I’ll be in heaven traversing the happiness that exists at TSA airport security. The good cheer as you cue up in those fast moving lines and take your shoes off and empty your computers into the efficient X-ray machine. Oh joy!

Taking a bow in NYC! Left to right, Terryon Gulley, Reginal Veal, Dianne Reeves, Peter, Peter Martin. photo by  Nadja von Massow

Taking a bow in NYC!
Left to right, Terryon Gulley, Reginal Veal, Dianne Reeves, Peter, Peter Martin.
photo by Nadja von Massow

The last SD gig for awhile goes down at the Roxy tomorrow night. Last week’s installment was super cool with tons of friends and newcomers taking in the music and food and the overall great vibe of North County living. The magic will hopefully kick in again and this time my brother Tripp and his daughter Kate are planning on joining in for part of the night. Kate’s really into singing and Tripp as you know plays every instrument under the sun. Most recently he’s starting to play guitar. Wicked! Hope to see you there.

Happiness is playing the guitar! photo by TJ Best

Happiness is playing the guitar!
photo by TJ Best

After my travels I’m returning home to an exciting week of music here in San Diego. Looking ahead, my quartet will play a show at Croces, I’ll be at Ki’s with vocalist Nina Francis, my String Consort group plays a special concert at the Museum of Making Music, and lastly we’re play a show at Dizzy’s focusing in on the music of Brasil. Look below for the details and it’ll be great to see everyone out in the real world.

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That’s it for now friends. Al’s still singing and now he’s scatting on “Roof Garden”. Jerry Hey and his horn troupe just played a really fast unison blues phrase and with that, I’m signing off and hope to see you soon…

all best, Peter

Jumblemania!

Good Folks, we’re talking jumblemania today. Up early, practicing Billy Childs’ music, trying to bring back the fingerings and tricky stuff from our show many months back. I’m heading up to LA tomorrow to rehearse with him for some upcoming shows in February and I’ve learned that you’ve got to be prepared for his beautifully complicated music or else succumb to a sonic crash and burn.

So, after the Childs immersion I treated myself a two hour surf session and friends, it’s been an amazing run of waves this past week. Today was right in there too—blue, sunny, 4 feet and clean as a whistle. Pure heaven and a highpoint of the day!

Back home, an errand run to O’side. Then I walked the amazing Rocky the chihuahua. Next a slew of emails and text’s plugging back into the endless grid of the music business. Then a second errand run, this time with my daughter Kylie in the loop, to Home Depot hunting for nuts, bolts, and paint. From there an evening bank heist (Wells Fargo bank deposit actually) and a cool dad/daughter early Thai food dinner hang. We talked about her upcoming study abroad to Chile. Talk about branching out, wow! College classes in Spanish, living with a Chilean family, in a country many miles from Encinitas. This kid’s going global and Stef and I are both stoked and worried in equal amounts.

And now I’m back here at the office spinning the alphabet in circles filling you, my favorite fans, in to the upcoming music according to Peter. It looks like a good week ahead!

Rocky doesn't care that his blanket is pink. He's just warming up after the walk outside.

Rocky doesn’t care that his blanket is pink. He’s just warming up after the walk outside.

Thursday night it’ll be solo guitar music at The Roxy in Encinitas. I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and it’s always fun easing back into the north county flow. See you there if you can fit it in!

With the famous Roxy fish tank as a backdrop, this is where it all goes down.

With the famous Roxy fish tank as a backdrop, this is where it all goes down.

For Friday night Leonard and Tripp are joining me for a night of music at Ki’s in Cardiff. This trio cooks it up with a cool set of songs, double cajon drums sometimes, Tripp on sax and also the chromatic harmonica, Leonard singing like Miles, and me and my fancy floor machines squeaking out jazz and other sonic diversions. Big time fun and if you can, ignite the weekend with some great food, cool people, and some spirited music. See ya’ there!

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

It’s been a long good day and it’s time to think about getting horizontal. Gotta get to sleep to kick it all in again. Thanks for riding along…all best, Peter