Dear Friends, over the weekend I blasted up to Portland to play a show with the flute insanity also known as Steve Kujala. Wicked arcing melodic masterpieces contrasted with chill whistle tones. Then the guy works the change in his pockets for a percussion shaker. Thank the good lord for quarters and pennies! I knew that pennies entire reason for existence hasn’t gone obsolete. Steve is one of my all time favorites and even though it was just the two of us hitting for two sets the range in color in texture kept coming creative and free. This dude is plugged into the grid for sure...

After the show we got mobbed by the latest version of the Flute Paparazzi. It turns out these young flute players also carry cell phones with cameras built in and lucking I got a photo of them getting ready to shoot a photo of me. Here is their flow chart—listen to old wild jazz guys play concert, go up afterwards and shoot photos of said old jazz guys, pose for a group photo looking cool and collected, go home and practice flute, next week play as featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, (no big deal, this is the third time this year that they’ve played that venue) and after show go to hotel room and have an ice cream cone.

You gotta love the new crop coming up…

And for this week it’ll be a weekend of getting back into the Leonard flow. It turns out he was buckled into a theatre gig for the last month and now he’s free again to bolt into our jazz explorations. We’ll play the Del Dios hit and then a new venue for us in South Park called The Grove. We’re covering the physical extremes of San Diego this weekend and I hope we get to see you. Check below for the fine print...

All good, Peter

Friday November 10, 2006   Peter Sprague Trio
featuring Leonard Patton
Del Dios Bar and Grill
20154 Lake Drive
Escondido, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Gunnar Biggs — bass
  8 to 11 PM   Inland soul for sure on this one!

Saturday November 11, 2006   Peter Sprague Trio
featuring Leonard Patton

The Grove
3010 Juniper
North Park, San Diego

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
  7:30 PM   We're playing at this ultra cool space and the show is a fundraiser for the music program at McKinley Elementary School. The evening is dedicated to Claude Smith, jazz drummer and painter.

Friday November 17, 2006   Peter Sprague Trio
featuring Leonard Patton

Ki's Restaurant
2591 South Highway 101
Cardiff, CA

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
  8:30 PM   Hanging in the beach zone playing the samba with two creative musos.

Saturday November 18, 2006   Andy Villas-Boas
A Tribute To Antonio Carlos Jobim
where the music matters most
344 Seventh Avenues (betweek J & K)
Andy Villas-Boas — vocals
Peter Sprague — guitar
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Tripp Sprague — sax
Duncan Moore — drums
  8 PM   Andy tears it up singing in Portuguese and singing the story of Corcovado and the Girl From Ipanema.


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