|Hi Friends, it isn’t snowing yet but I remember as a kid growing up in Del Mar there was a day that little white snowflakes invaded our tropical coastal lifestyle. And today could follow the same path as the burr factor is in full force. Our 1930’s house is soulful beyond belief but it also lacks insulation. What’s going on outdoors is doing the same indoors. We’re bundled up and digging the holiday cruise time.
After reading a neat book about vibraphonist Gary Burton and his stories of playing with Stan Getz, he talked about a particular recording date with trombonist Bobby Brookmeyer called Bobby Brookmeyer & Friends. With the magic of the iTunes Store it was a cinch to procure and on this balmy last day of 2014 I’ve got a great jazz soundtrack to set the vibe as I spin some stories out to you, my trusted friends.
Yesterday was cool! I completely unplugged from the grips of keeping up with communications and business and instead had a great day in the studio composing a new tune for next month’s Saltwater Jazz concerts. It started with a new fancy guitar chord that I discovered and from there morphed into a full length tune that’ll be a duet with flute and guitar. Can’t wait to hear it with Beth and her amazing sound!
At the tail end of yesterday I started the process of editing and mixing the Christmas Eve concert footage. It’s a ton of work but when it’s done I’ll let you know. There were some good moments. One of our guests at the concert was Lizzi Trumbore who plays both trombone and sings. I first met her through Leonard who was giving her vocal lessons. She’s a super talented gal and now is in her first year of college studying music at North Texas State. She was a hit at the recent concert playing trombone on a few tunes and singing beautifully on “Had to Cry Today”. While she’s here on vacation Lizzi has organized two concerts this week including Leonard, Harley on bass, and me on guitar. Big fun and we rehearsed yesterday and we’re all set to deliver the goods. We’re playing Northern Spirits on Friday and Lizzi at Dizzy’s on Sunday. Look below for the details and hope to see you there!
Also up for this week is a Saturday night Roxy hit with young Kate Sprague, father Tripp and Uncle Pete. It’ll be a romp and there’s word on the street that Kate will play a few tunes on her brand new Taylor guitar. See you there!
One last deet, rounding the bend into next week look for a special Dizzy’s gig on January 9th with the Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg. It’ll be me, Gunnar, and Duncan backing her up and folks, she’s one of the GREAT vocalists singing today! Big time beautiful sound with high level scat singing note choices. I can’t wait!
That’s it for now and thanks for tuning in. Over ‘n out from frozen fingers Peter…