Greetings good people of jazz, this note is coming to you from my crowded life while picking up the pieces after letting everything go wild for the last 2 weeks. The Billy Childs concert was really a great experience. The music was complete 3 dimensional, thick with details, abundance of color, and a heck of a lot of work to pull off. It came together and was a memorable moment for me. Thanks to all of you that made it out. The picture to the right is of Jimmy Johnson, the bass player in the group. His low-end navigations were incredible…

My longtime musical cohort Kevyn Lettau is coming to town to play the Inn L’Auberge with bassist Gunnar Biggs and myself on Friday. Kevyn and I have known each other since the early Del Mar days of 1975. My family and her family both lived there and Kevyn was the star young vocalist in town jumping into the vocal improvisations of Ella and Jon Hendricks. We joined forces, had a bunch of different groups including the “Dance of the Universe Orchestra” and “BrazilJazz,” played in Japan, toured the U.S. in a U-Haul van and lived to tell all of the stories. Today she lives and plays in L.A. and it’s a special time to have her come to San Diego to join our circus. I’m thrilled! Click on the photo and you can check out her website.

Do you recognize the fellow with me in photo to the right? He’s Ed Gilmore and he’s the coolest! He’s a regular at all of our gigs and always brings a spirited presence to the events. Ed’s an old cat and he’s having a birthday this week so I guess he’s getting older, but you’d never know it. This dude rides a big motorcycle, cracks some clever jokes and helps me lift my big blue guitar amp into my car. My amp is a heavy classic male hernia waiting to happen. Ed don’t care and I love him for that. Hey Ed, we all wish you a happy birthday and may your wonderful dance continue.

If you know Ed and want to come a party that the band and I are playing for him this week, please contact his son E.R. at

Also this week on Wednesday, Leonard, Lisa, Gunnar, Duncan and I will play the opening act for vocalist Tessa Souter at SD Museum of Art. Can’t wait to hear her too.

On Friday I’ll jump into Anthony Smith’s band for an evening of music at Clay’s in La Jolla, which is the new name for the old Elario’s Restaurant. Can’t wait to play with Anthony and to experience the world from the top floor again…

adios, Peter

Wednesday October 4, 2006   Vocalist Tessa Souter with opening act Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton and Lisa Hightower  
Jazz In The Park
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park, San Diego
Leonard Patton — vocals
Lisa Hightower — vocals
Peter Sprague — guitar
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM   A special show with Tessa Souter and her group and our gang of SD musos playing the opening act.

Friday October 6, 2006   Anthony Smith with Peter Sprague  
Clay's La Jolla
At the top of Hotel La Jolla
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Anthony Smith — keyboards
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tim McMahon — drums
Justin Grinnel — bass
  8:30 PM to 11:30 PM   This spot is the old Elarios. Should be some fun...

Saturday October 7, 2006   Peter Sprague Trio
featuring Kevyn Lettau
Inn L' Auberge
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
Gunnar Biggs — bass
  7:30 PM to 10:30 PM   Great setup in lovely Del Mar. Make it an evening topped off with jazz in a living room setup.

Saturday October 14, 2006   Pecos Valley Jazz Festival featuring Peter Sprague and Bill Watrous  
Pecos Valley Jazz & Arts Festival
400 W. 3rd
Roswell, NM 88201
505-622-4910 Ext. 20

Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM to 9 PM   I'm travelling to New Mexico to do a hit with trombonist Bill Waltrous.

Sunday October 15, 2006   Peter Sprague Group  
The Coyote Bar and Grill
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA

Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax
John Opferkuch — piano
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  5 PM to 9 PM   This is the last Coyote hit for the season. After this it gets too cold for me. Come on out and lets do some audio sand blasting spinning the Coyote into orbit.

Friday October 20, 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.

Sunday October 22, 2006   GuitarSounds Extravanganza
CD Release Concert
Peter Pupping
The Belly Up Tavern
143 S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA
Box Office 858-481-8140

Peter Pupping — guitar
Fred Benedetti — guitar
Peter Sprague — guitar
and the Peter Pupping Quartet
  1:30 PM   Guitarist Peter Pupping just finished a recording here at the studio and he's bringing in a great gang of guitarists to help for the launch. I'm in there too!


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