Hello Good People, mister frozen fingers writing you from the hail-strewn confines of SpragueLand. It’s a cold one today and I’m typing slow. I’ll have to defrost my hands before I can do any fancy licks on the guitar. Love the water for the earth though and I’m thinking, keep it coming!

I had a wonderful weekend of music starting with a classic Roxy hang moving to a wonderful reunion with Tripp and Fred at Grossmont College. Good food and music at Harry’s with Bob and Tripp and then an excellent concert yesterday at SDA in Cardiff. Thanks to all that made it out to hear our music and indeed we will continue on.

Peter playing at the twin neck at Harry's last weekend.
photo by Mark Keller

This week I’m heading out to Yuma, AZ to play a show with Leonard. First we’ll stop at Arizona College for a music clinic and then from there we’ll play an evening concert. Look below for the details if you know anyone that might like to check it out.

Also this week I’m going to hear one of the greatest jazz guitarists that ever lived—Jim Hall is playing a concert on Wednesday evening at the Neuroscience in La Jolla. He’s also celebrating his 80 birthday! I’ve been a fan of his music for my whole life and it’ll be a thrill to hear him live with his quartet. He’s got a beautiful melodic sense and the big deal is that what drives his music is “music” in the purest sense, not just what happens to lay easy on the guitar or some fast riff. His solos unfold in an organic way and tell meaningful stories. It’ll be a great night of music and if you can break free, here are the details:

Athenaeum Jazz at The Neurosciences Institute
Jim Hall Quartet featuring Greg Osby
Wednesday, March 23, 8pm
At The Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, 92121
Tickets: $25 Athenaeum members, $30 general public, $15 student rush 
For tickets and information call 858-454-5872 or visit http://www.ljathenaeum.org/jazz.html

Hanging with Jim Hall the last time he came to town. That's me on the left, Jim in the middle and Joey Carano on the right.

Just a note, looking towards next week, we have a special free concert in Encinitas playing our version of BeatleMania. I’ll post more info next week but if you’re interested be sure to put the date on your calendar. It’ll be a great time!

That’s it for now and thanks for checking this out….best, Peter


Thursday March 24, 2011   Peter Sprague and
Leonard Patton in Yuma
Yuma Village Jazz Series
Village area of Yuma Palms
1305 S. Yuma Palms Pkwy, Yuma, AZ.

Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
  6 PM   Leonard and I are driving east to play a concert and give a music clinic in Yuma, Arizona.

Wednesday March 30, 2011   Peter Sprague
and Leonard Patton
San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, California
In the Music Department
Peter Sprague — guitar
Leonard Patton — vocals
  1 PM   Leonard and I are playing a free afternoon concert at Mesa College in the music department.

Thursday March 31, 2011   Peter Sprague
Plays Solo
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   The earth has spun another revolution around the sun and to follow in the spirit of change, I've changed my guitar strings. Solo sonic explorations at the world famous Roxy in Encinitas!

Saturday April 2, 2011   Peter Sprague
Plays the Beatles


Encinitas Community and Senior Center
1140 Oakcrest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 943-2260

Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
Leonard Patton — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  2 PM   We're presenting our jazz and Brazilian view of the amazing music of the Beatles.

Funded, in part, by the City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant program.

Sunday April 3, 2011   Peter Sprague Trio  
The Bernardo Winery
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 487-1866
Peter Sprague — guitar
Lisa Hightower — vocals
Bob Magnusson — bass
  2 PM   Cool little gig during the day out in the country next to Rancho Bernardo.


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