Read and Retain!

Hi Folks!

The drums we’re leading the way last week when Peter Erskine’s “Dr. Um Band” took the stage at KSDS’ Jazz Live and charged up the San Diego airwaves! We were all there in absortion mode. Great grooves from swinging blues to Peter’s signature Weather Reportian hard hitting back beat swunk — keep it going forever, it feels so good! Thanks to Peter and the band for driving down from L.A. to share the magic…

Hanging with Peter Erskine after the Jazz Live hit! Left to right, young bassist Ben Sheppard, Barbara Wise, John Beasley, Peter Erskine, Duncan Moore, Bob Magnusson, and PS.
photo by Vince Outlaw

I’ve had a wonderful week of no gigs but lots of studio work. I’m just completing a project with another fellow named Peter who hails from Coronado and he’s written a batch of Frank Sinatra-like songs. We tracked them with the gang, got a Frank Sinatra sound-a-like vocalist from Mexico (no kidding’), added real horns. Blast! Super fun and I’ll pass it along to you once it’s out there. We’re mixing today…

Yesterday was all about guitar synth explorations and I took this new box and focused in on the users manual and tried to make sense of how a Japanese tech head whose new to English explaining some very complicated technical issues sees the way this thing works. Urgghhhh! Read and Retain, oh please…

In line for this week’s live music gigs, it’s a week of jazz vocal universe over at Santee’s Off Broadway Live. The idea is one from Leonard who organized this event and each night, starting with Monday, will be two groups led by vocalist performing. First up is an up and coming act followed by a set from some of San Diego’s vocal treasures. I’m in the loop all week playing in a backup group along with Mack on bass and Johnny Steele on drums. Here’s the plan:

05/22/17 Leonard Patton’s Vocal Workshop Jazz Jam Off Broadway Live Santee, CA 7:30pm   Buy Tickets Map
05/23/17 Vocal Workshop Zion Dyson and Lorraine Castellanos Off Broadway Live Santee, CA 7:30pm   Buy Tickets Map
05/24/17 Vocal Workshop Emma Foster and Leonard Patton Off Broadway Live Santee, CA 7:30pm   Buy Tickets Map
05/25/17 Vocal Workshop Sahara Grim and Steph Johnson Off Broadway Live Santee, CA 7:30pm   Buy Tickets Map
05/26/17 Vocal Workshop Lizzi Trumbore and Allison Adams Tucker Off Broadway Live Santee, CA 7:30pm   Buy Tickets Map

The venue is a great place to hear music with good sound and none of the distractions of talkers and coffee machinery fighting for the sonic bandwidth. Good times ahead and I hope to see you there.

Last up for the week, we’re heading to Palm Springs to play a concert at Pete Carlson’s Golf Shop! You read it right! This fellow loves jazz and converts the showroom into a concert hall and has first class jazz once a month. On Saturday night it’ll be us playing the music from drummer Kelly Jocoy’s cd release “Verities.” It’s a beautiful blend of straight ahead, Metheny, Bobby McFerin, The Beatles, and a killer version of the Zombie’s hit “Time of the Season”. The band is stellar with Kelly on drums, Mike Wofford on piano, Darek Oles on bass, Tripp on sax, Allison Adams Tucker on vocals, Tommy Aros on percussion, and I get to play the guitar. Look below for the deets and we’d love to see you out there to roast in the heat!

From the Verities session with (left to right) Peter, Tommy, Kelly, Leonard, Darek, Tripp, and Mike.

Also, my friend Stan is having a house concert in Encinitas on 5/25 and he wanted me to share the info. He’s lined up an amazing young jazz guitarist from Italy who had a break in his schedule and agreed to come down and share his music. His name is Pasquale Grasso and here’s a vid of him ripping it up:

If you want to go to the concert contact Stan through his email:

I wish I could be there but alas, jazz vocals in Santee beckon….

all the best to you, P

The Traveling Wilburys of Leucadia

Heya, it’s the Traveling Wilburys of Leucadia calling! Sharing the good news of music all around the county.

Last week, check out the imagery:

Tight quarters at Ki’s but being close leads to great music. With Tripp, Lisa, and Peter

Deep in trance, making up new music with master Joshua White at the Encinitas Library. The Ruthless Hippies sponsored this show and it was a real hightlight. Joshua’s a powerhouse!

And rounding out the week we trekked up to the purple glow at the Merc with vocalist Erroyln Healy. She has a new CD just out called Moonlighting and this was a release concert. Pretty sounds!

Tuning up for this week first I’m heading out to the Ramona Library for a Thursday night solo guitar concert. I’ve never played there before and so happy that they called. I’ve got a neat program planned, drawing from the new Lucy CD release, and it’ll be good to be flying solo once again. Free concert too! See ‘ya there…

We had a slick rehearsal yesterday for drummer Matt Smith’s concert at Dizzy’s slated for Friday night. The band is stellar including Matt on drums, Mack Leighton on bass, Jim Plank playing vibes, and I get to ride along too strumming the guitar. The vibes/guitar melody mix is classic! Everyone brought in tunes and it’s a well rounded collection of jazz in various forms. Should be a good night of music and we hope you can join in!

Matt Smith, Mack Leighton, Jim Plank, and PS.

There it is folks and over ’n out, Peter

London Avatar of Harmonization!

Greetings Kind Folks!

The London avatar of harmonization, young Jacob Collier, has done it again with the 3rd installment of IHarmU. The idea is that the common man and woman sings or plays a little tune or lick, makes a vid of it, and then submits it to Jacob. He then works up a new arrangement and harmonization including mostly vocals but also all of the other instruments that he plays. He builds all of this up around the original video and performance. What he ends up with is beyond belief — grooves, chord movements from outer space, pure magic! Highlights are Hans, Kiki, and Gaku (a dog) from Germany singing “Frère Jacques” and the whole series ends with Herbie Hancock submitting a 12 tone-ish tune of single notes on the piano. Jacob takes both of these and yields stunning results. You’ve got to check it out!

A month back we played an ultra beyond sellout concert situation of the Planet Cole Porter music at KSDS’s Jazz Live. A bunch of folks were bummed that they couldn’t get in. Good news, we’re doing it again and this time it’s at the Museum of Making Music on June 16th. It’ll be me and Rebecca Jade along with Tripp, Gunnar, and Duncan once again taking a sonic tour of Cole Porter’s masterpieces. We’d love to have you with us and maybe act soon to secure tickets. This is where you get them:

For live music this week our story begins at Ki’s Restaurant on Friday night with me, vocalist Lisa Hightower, and brother Tripp on sax and flute. Lisa’s one of the great singers and when she tells the story of Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”, or Jobim’s “Desifinado”, or brings it down to the folk music beauty of “Rain”, well it doesn’t get much better than this. Wonderful music in a wonderful setting, hope to see you there!

Lisa Hightower and Peter.
photo by Michael Oletta

Next up, the magic piano improvisations of Joshua White mixed with me, lucky me, take place on Saturday night at the Encinitas Library. A month back the two of us took the stage at the Atheneaum in La Jolla and without much prep, we made new music of the moment and it was both exhilarating to create and folks said they loved the way it sounded. A great time and stoked we get to do it again. Hope to see you there!

Before the concert starts, Joshua on the right laying the conceptual ground work.

On Sunday eve I’m meeting up with vocalist Errolyn Healy, pianist Cris O’Bryon, Leonard Patton on percussion and vocals, and bassist Mack Leighton for a night of moonlight music. Errolyn just recorded a new CD at SpragueLand called “Moonlighting” and all of the songs have something to do with the moon. “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, “Moon Dance”, etc. I’m not sure what stage the moon is in on this night but we’ll be crooning for it’s romantic presence all evening long. Join us if you can!

That’s the story for this week and thanks for tuning in.

all best, Peter