Red Planet Jazz!


Greetings Folks!

Reporting in from the outer reaches of the new frontier of concerts experienced over the internet. We’re loving it and our most recent The Wind Cries Gershwin event had many great musical moments. And to date, I think had our best sound and vid tech elements too. We’re getting it and we aim to bring it to you loud and clear. 

Which brings us to this…

Did the Martians make landfall in Del Mar back in the early 70’s and impart some of that red planet magic on the young kids of the community? Hah! Then why is it that two decades of professional jazz musos emerged from the sleepy little Cali surf town? It’s true, first it was me, Rob Schneiderman, my brother Tripp, Mark Lessman, Kevyn Lettau, Kelly Jocoy, Mark Dresser, and John Leftwich. Then 10 years later it was Steve Feierabend, Bim Strasberg, and Bryant Allard. All full on musicians playing jazz for their living. 

What’s in the water in that town?

We’re not sure but what we do know is it was a cool place to grow up and there’s no better way to celebrate that than having a night of jazz with two of the founding members of the Jazz Martians of Del Mar. 

Saxophonist Mark Lessman grew up on the same street as Tripp and I did and at a young age, he too was taken by music. After high school he spent several years living and playing in Chicago and now he’s back in Encinitas ripping it up on the tenor.

The other boys of the band includes some of the best with John Opferkuch on piano, Mack Leighton on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and me on guitar.

We’ve got some cool songs planned all the way from Sonny Rollins and Coltrane, to a Billy Strayhorn ballad, to a hyper Latin montuno composition of mine called “El Boomerang.”


And as we like to do, we have a special guest from NYC phoning in on a piano solo. Rob Schneiderman will be live(ish) from his apartment on the upper west side.

Price of admission? Actually the concert is free but we will have a “virtual tip jar” complete with PayPal, Zelle and Venmo info for you to donate whatever you feel good about. Also good old snail mailing checks works too. We’d love for this to work out too.

Venmo: @PeterSprague
mail checks via snail mail to: Peter Sprague
311 East Glaucus St.
Encinitas, CA 92024

There it is and hoping to see you all there, best, P

Here’s the link to the concert.

ps Brian, our Palm Springs tech guru, has further developed the “where are you from?” app to be displayed on the world globe. Be sure to join in the YouTube concert chat and say something like, “Hi boys in the band, this is Susan from Trinidad and we’re digging the sounds!”