Kick Starting Enthusiasm for Two Cameras!

Salutations Friends! Brasil music plays on the box, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil filling up the airspace with incredible harmony and infectious rhythm. It’s a good way to fine tune an environmental backdrop and from here I’ll launch and share tales and ideas from the vaults of SpragueLand…

It’s been a video sprint bringing my online guitar instruction project into focus. I’ve got 29 lessons filmed and I have 2 more to do for this series and then I’ll edit them into final works, readying them to go live. I’m having fun talking and bringing enthusiasm to an audience of only 2 cameras staring at me, completely void of any feedback. It takes getting used to! I’m writing out arrangements, scales with fingerings, chord voicings, it’s a revolution of sorts and a ton of fun. I’ll let you know when it’s ripe…

Talking to the cameras about music and sharing the things learned over the long haul.

Talking to the cameras about music and sharing the things learned over the long haul.

Big fun last week for the Saltwater Jazz concert in Del Mar! The band did their thing and the good folks of Del Mar showed up in masse. Happiness in the hometown!

Band lineup at the end of the gig with (left to right) Danny Green, PS, Beth, and Gunnar. photo by Rick Sokol

Band lineup at the end of the gig with (left to right) Danny Green, PS, Beth, and Gunnar.
photo by Rick Sokol

Duncan directing traffic! photo by Rick Sokol

Duncan directing traffic!
photo by Rick Sokol

Up for live music this week on Wednesday night I’m joining young Kate Sprague and my brother Tripp for a night of music at Panama 66, San Diego Museum of Art, in Balboa Park. This is part of Gilbert Castellanos“Young Lion Series” and word has it that Gilbert will play a little with us too. Fantastic! Kate is singing jazz and a few pop tunes and is really into music. She’s my niece and she’s cool! Hope to see you there…

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On Thursday a few of us are driving up to LA to join vocalist Denise Donatelli for a CD release gig at Catalina’s. The band is led by pianist Geoffrey Keezer along with Duncan Moore on drums, Alex Boneham on bass, Walter Rodriguez on percussion and me on guitar. I’ve been working on the music and it’s a wonderful collection of jazz, bossa nova, pop tunes put to jazz, and ballads. It’ll be a hoot and join us if you can.

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The week rounds out with a Saturday night hit at Northern Spirits in San Marcos with Leonard Patton on vocals, Mack Leighton on bass and me on guitar. I love playing at this place! Great sound, good food in the next room, free parking outside, opportunity to play creatively and lots of young full on listeners present. All the right stuff! We’ll lead off with cuts from our new recording and then jam from there. Make it out if you can.

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There it is, samba, bossa, forró, choro, frevo, extra strength harmonic and rhythmic blendo!

all best, Peter

Living Hawaii in the NOW!

Hi Good Folks, I’m so happy to be back in Encinitas! I left and it was hot and humid and the surf was up. It was hard to go. When you live on the coast and summer is the golden time, I say bring the heat and the humidity and let’s live Hawaii here and now! Hoowah, I know not everyone sees it this way.

Stef, Rocky, and I walked to the Mozy Cafe right before I left on my trip. It was one of those magical nights with perfect weather and an ocean sunset. This place is amazing!

Stef, Rocky, and I walked to the Mozy Cafe right before I left on my trip. It was one of those magical nights with perfect weather and an ocean sunset. This place is amazing!

I blasted southeast to Austin on an early morning flight and met up with Billy Childs’ group. It was his chamber music ensemble complete with string quartet, harp, woodwinds, bass, drums, Billy on piano, me on guitar, and 3 amazing vocalists, including Dianne Reeves. We played the music of Laura Nyro and the response was stellar. High level fun and we’ll be doing more of that coming down the road too.

Billy on the left with Becca Stevens singing. The string quarto on the right. Live in Austin!

Billy on the left with Becca Stevens singing. The string quartet on the right. Live in Austin!

Me laying it back during soundcheck. They we're tweaking the drum sound so I got a chance to take it in from the audiences perspective.

Me laying it back during soundcheck. They were tweaking the drum sound so I got a chance to take it in from the audiences perspective.

From Austin it morphed into another early morning airport juggle taking us to Little Rock, Arkansas. This time it was the Dianne Reeves’ group playing a show at the Mosaic Art Museum. Great gig, small sleep, and then off to Salt Lake City. The whole town had an incredible fragrance as the “essential oils” folks were taking over on a convention. We played that night at the Capital Theatre and our ears and noses were delighted.

Peter Martin on piano playing to a city filled with essential oilers!

Peter Martin on piano playing to a city filled with essential oilers!

As you might know, the San Diego Music Awards are getting closer and this funny little article about my “lifetime award” surfaced in the SD Reader:

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For live music this week, I’m filing my finger nails, readying them for Thursday night’s Roxy PS Plays Solo evening of jazz guitar. I’m a hit and miss candidate for some of the other Thursday’s this month but this I know, I’ll be there this week and hope you can be there too. I promise it’ll be fun…

And last up for the week, you know I’m a passionate surf fellow, right? On Friday night in Del Mar’s Powerhouse we’re presenting Salt Water Jazz featuring some great musos at a super cool, right on the beach venue. We’re playing my collection of songs about the surf, surfing, Hawaii, my other favorite “ocean retreat” Idyllwild, growing up in Del Mar, plus a rare Beach Boys gem. The evening is hosted by KSDS radio producer Dave Drexler. There are some tickets still left even though it’s selling well. Wax ‘yer board up and join for us for a night on the water.

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That’s it friends and if you can, jump in the ocean and enjoy the 75 degrees water. It’s a rare treat!

all best, Peter

Expanded Dentistry 101!

Greetings Friends, it’s getting away from me, this day. The dentist sesh this morning expanded outwards as more drilling than originally thought of was required. I love Novocaine! Then a truckload of emails and phone messages stacked up from yesterday as I was in the studio for a long one. I’m working on this online video guitar instruction series (I’m on lesson 20 out of 30). I was talking to the front camera about the intricate details of playing “So Danco Samba” and how to help the 2 dominant chord lift off the page. All fun but the unending stream of communications kept flowing in unmanned and today I’m paying up to the digital data piper to dig out.

So this brings me to now, here, and I’m thinking I’ll give you the streamlined lowdown on the happenings for this week and then I can zip off, catch a few waves, come in, dry off, get my fingers up and moving and then make my way to the private gig I have tonight. Does this plan work for you?

Jazz and rock in Rancho! Complete with the "magic hour of light" it's Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse. photo by Steve Grant

Jazz and rock in Rancho over last weekend! Complete with the “magic hour of light” it’s Peter, Leonard, Duncan, Rebecca, Tripp and Gunnar throwing down the muse.
photo by Steve Grant

I’m back to the Roxy Restaurant on Thursday night for a solo guitar explorations expression session. That’s a mouthful! And you’ll get both a mouthful and an earful when you join me in beautiful downtown Encinitas. The first set starts at 7pm and I’ll play solo and this morphs into the second set with a few guests sitting in. Big fun!

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Last up for the week is a Ki’s hit on Friday with vocalist/guitarist Nina Francis and Tripp Sprague on sax joining me for a night of jazz and folk music. Nina has a fantastic sound and writes cool tunes plus she’s into jazz and The Beatles. My kind of gal! Hope to see you there…

Working out the details in the studio with Nina Francis and Peter.

Working out the details in the studio with Nina Francis and Peter.

I’m leaving town next week for some gigs first with Billy Childs in Austin and then I join up with the Dianne Reeves’ group for some Little Rock plus Salt Lake City music. I’ll miss you all and keep the sky in your head until then. Infinite horizons!

adios, Peter