|Hi Folks, I’m dashing off a quick zip note to you today.
Lets see, been up since 6am finishing up a string trio arrangement for next month’s concert at the Encinitas Library. Then I made my way upstairs to the office and have been enjoying the funky weather as I attempt to get my email and correspondence affairs in motion. The never ending attempt to balance the creative with the biz.
Killer concert in Del Mar a week back! Check it out!
And then Christmas happened with all sorts of good stuff!
Next, a great show at the Blue Whale in L.A. with the Billy Childs Chamber Jazz Group. Magnificent band on hand and we played a new (to me) tricky piece that took up a lot of pre-concert wood-shedding bandwidth. I was so happy after we pulled that one off without a rehearsal and without a crash and burn. Practice is the thing!
I’ve got a bunch of touring coming up to the East Coast with Billy and the group. Look for us if we’re in your town and come and say hi…
Right near the end of the year, in the San Diego Union-Tribune, they did a “best jazz albums of 2015” spread and our Dream Walkin’ CD made it to the list. Happiness!
For live music this week, I’m playing on Thursday night at the Roxy Restaurant in downtown Encinitas. How fun and I’ve been missing my solo guitar nights! The music starts at 7pm and the vibe is good. See you there I hope…
We’ll be at Ki’s Restaurant on Friday night and it’ll be Leonard and myself staying creative in Cardiff. Super cool food, great view to the pacific, and (we think) nice music. Check it out!
And that’ll be it for San Diego gigs for awhile. We’re heading out next week for Kauai with a big show where I’m connecting with vocalist Emily Elbert. She’s amazing and just so happens to be in Kauai at the same time we are.
From there, I’m home for a couple of days and then off again to the east coast for a tour with Billy and the group. Band on the run!
stay well, Peter
|Hiya! Last week Johnny Winter was occupying SpragueLand and today it’s all about Nice ’N Easy.
It was 1960, we were living the good life in Del Mar and my Dad had this record spinning nonstop. Frank Sinatra, jazz standards, Nelson Riddle leading the band along—the best! You can even hear Frank’s finger snaps at the end of the title tune.
Killer gig at The Roxy with Kevyn, Lefty, and Tripp last weekend! Check out the photos.
My Jazz Guitar Foundations video series has launched and I know everyone is scramblin’ for Christmas but I thought I’d share the news anyway. I’ll elaborate more after the holiday hurricane but just in case you’re hunting for that last minute gift…
OK, about the weather. I’ve been checking and tomorrow (Christmas Eve) is supposed to be sunny with some clouds. Late in the evening there’s a chance of rain but the window between 1pm and 4pm is looking good for the
Yes, this is where we assemble the troupes and take over the little amphitheater in front of the L’Auberge Del Mar at the corner of 15th Street and the Coast Highway in downtown Del Mar. We play a free concert with the first set featuring an incredible cast of musos. The second set includes some super young, talented guests flowing into the mix. The concert ends with an epic number highlighting everyone in the world including our favorite harmonica player Johnny “harp” Minchin.
Here’s the band lineup for the concert:
Leonard Patton, Kevyn Lettau, Coral McFarland—Thuet, Tripp Sprague, Gunnar Biggs, Fred Benedetti, Lizzi Trumbore, Duncan Moore, Riley Fleck, John Leftwich, Kate Sprague, Julia and Regina Benedetti, Leonard’s 3 kids, Johnny Minchin, and me.
For some history on the event, click here to read a story by Nancy Fisher about the early days when we first played our Christmas concert. This article is from the Del Mar Sandpiper Newspaper. Also click here to see a photo album from each of the recent year’s concerts.
You can bring the whole gang, bring the relatives, meet strangers that are friendly and meet musicians that are strange. This is how we do Christmas in Cali! See you there!
That’s it and Sinatra and I gently sign off with good wishes and good times to you.
happy trails, Peter
|Good Folks, I just got back from a chilly walk. The winter button is ON now, that’s for sure. Talking to a dude that has a cool old house where they didn’t deem it necessary to include insulation. “It’s California fool, land of the sun.”
Pretty much right but meet me here at 6am these last few mornings.
I’m not complaining…
But Johnny Winter is. Full blast blues “woke up this morning, my baby done me wrong” angle with killer guitar solos. The albino guitar slinger’s got the blues!
I’m loving it!
I grew up with it!
Haven’t listened to him for absolute ever and while on my walk today I started thinking about his growly vocals and his distortion drenched guitar tone. I searched him out and it’s a nice moment to be in his sonic presence to help set up the mood to be talking to you all.
It’s a YouTube universe and I’ve just pushed a zillion frames of video up the pipe to YouTube central. They’ve got it ready for you if you’re into it. Here are some highlights:
And lastly on the YouTube front, it’s a nice day when someone else on the other side of the world decides to play your song in concert. Check out these fine musos playing our (Kevyn Lettau and me) samba tune “Cantar” at a recent show. Sounding good!
Web work continues on to bring about my online guitar instructional videos into the real world. Check out this little promo vid:
And now for the live music this week! Tomorrow night I’ll be joining my niece Kate Sprague, Tripp Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, and Bob Magnusson for a hit at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Here’s a note from Kate about the gig:
Hi everyone, Kate Sprague here. Gilbert Castellanos has invited me to return to sing in his “Young Lion” series that features young musicians. I am so excited to be a part of this great event! My dad Tripp Sprague will be joining me, and so will my uncle Peter Sprague. Bob Magnusson is on bass and Gilbert will also play a few tunes. We have learned some new songs and cannot wait to play them for you. Panama 66’s open patio has a great atmosphere and is next to the sculpture garden in Balboa Park. They have good food and drinks — and no cover charge. Please come and support us!
It’ll be fun and hope to see you there.
And rounding out the week, Friday will be a special night at the Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas with a reunion of our early jazz group Dance of the Universe. We’ve been at it since the ’70’s, circling in and flowing out. For this week we’re coming together and it’s Kevyn Lettau singing, John Leftwich playing the bass, brother Tripp on the sax and flute, and me on the guitar. We’re taking over our favorite Roxy Restaurant and it’ll be a special night of samba, bebop, ballads, seeing old friends, nibbling on killer food, and magic ice cream at the very end. Can’t wait!
There it is folks. Johnny’s still slipping and sliddin’ on the guitar and we’re trailing off with the “Leland Mississippi Blues.” It’s just perfect…