Friends, I hope all goes well for you. I’ve been working hard putting the final details to my String Consort CD—checking the mixes in the studio, the car and the iPhone headphones. It seems to be sounding good in all the locales so my thumbs are up! My friend Barbara Rix is seeing that the cover design all comes together and we’re getting the whole thing off to the printer this week. This escalated sprint has the optimism of having CD’s for our performance at the Idyllwild Jazz Festival at the end of the month in mind. It’ll be close but if ol’ Murphy keeps his distance we just might pull it off. Fingers crossed!

Peter and the 10,000 cables recording the String Consort CD. Photo by Tom Westerlin.

Tomorrow I’m flying out to Colorado to spend a week in the loop with vocalist Dianne Reeves. She’s the gal that I went on those tours last year and it’s always a magical moment hearing her sing. For this concert she’s adding a few background vocalists plus Munyungo Jackson on percussion along with the rest of the band. Dianne is from Denver so this in a way is a hometown show for her. Big fun!

Dianne Reeves singing it up!

Right when I get back in town I’ll be teaming up with Leonard, Tripp and Gunnar to play a concert at the Amphitheatre in Del Mar right at the corner of the Coast Highway and 15th Street. This is the same spot we play our Christmas Eve show. It’s summer now and we’ll try and create the same vibe but this time around we’ll all be wearing shorts. It’s an early evening concert and it’s free to the public. I hope to see you there.

Leonard and Peter trancing towards Del Mar. Photo by Michael Klayman.

That’s it for now, stay well, Peter

Thursday August 13, 2009   Dianne Reeves  

Arvada Center Amphitheatre
Arvada, Colorado

Dianne Reeves — voice
Peter Martin — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Reginal Veal — bass
Terreon Gulley — drums
Munyungo Jackson — percussion
  7 PM   I'm stoked to be heading out for another hit with the amazing Dianne Reeves.

Sunday August 16, 2009   Peter Sprague Group
Summer Concert

Inn L' Auberge Amphitheatre
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA

Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Leonard Patton — vocals
  7 PM to 9 PM   We play a free concert on Christmas eve every year and it's a wonderful moment. The fine folks at the Inn L' Auberge are sponsoring this free concert in the same place but now it's summer! What a potential magical evening it'll be.

Thursday August 20, 2009   Sacha Boutrous Quintet  
The Westgate Hotel on the Terrace
San Diego, CA
Sacha Boutrous — voice
Peter Sprague — guitar
Mikan Zlatovich — piano
Bill Andrews — bass
  7:30 PM   Sacha is heading off to NYC and I'm joining her for her farewell concert.

Thursday August 27, 2009   Peter Sprague Trio Quail Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA
(760) 436-3036
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
Gunnar Biggs — bass
  5:30 PM   Playing some trio music in a magical spot!

Saturday August 29, 2009   Peter Sprague String Consort  

Idyllwild Jazz In The Pines Festival
52500 Temecula Dr,
Idyllwild, CA 92549


Peter Sprague — guitar
Bridget Dolkas — violin
Jeanne Skrocki — violin
Pam Jacobsen — viola
Carter Dewberry — cello
Duncan Moore — drums
Bob Magnusson — bass
  2:30 PM   Taking the Consort to the tree bliss of Idyllwild!

Sunday August 30, 2009   Peter Sprague Group
Plays Stevie Wonder
1337 India St.
San Diego, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Rebecca Jade — vocals
Leonard Patton — vocals
Joshua Nelson — piano
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  7 PM   We all grew up with the hypnotic grooves of Stevie and what a thrill to play his music with our jazz point of view in the mix. This will be a night of Stevie Wonder songs like you've never heard them before. I wish!


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