Hi Friends, here is a quick report on this weeks music and some highlights from the week that just passed by.

We had a wonderful kid sesh last week in the studio with Lisa Hightower’s gifted small ones laying down some exceptional vocals. The tunes ranged from calypso to Randy Neumann to Linda Ronstadt to a cute little jazz tune about cats. I loved it! They each got a CD at the end and they left the studio ready to take on the record industry in force. Look out Tommy LiPuma! There’s a new breed on the horizon.

This week is I’m thrilled to play a concert with pianist and composer Billy Childs’ Chamber Ensemble. The group consists of a string quartet — Billy on piano, Peter Erskine on drums, Bob Sheppard on woodwinds, Carol Robbins on harp, Jimmy Johnson on bass and myself on guitar. It’s incredible music — thick in complexity, astounding textures, and a creative blend of the jazz and classical styles. I’ve known Billy for many years and we’ve played together live with Hubert Law’s group, with my band, with Billy’s group and on Billy’s GRP recording “I’ve Known Rivers”. He’s one of my favorites!  I’m hightailing it to L.A. tomorrow for a rehearsal and I'll need it even though I've been woodshedding this music for the last month to try to come up to the group’s current speed. They’ve played together for 2 years and also recorded the Grammy Award winning CD “Lyric” and thus, know the music well. This is my first hit with the group and I’m thrilled to be in the loop. I hope you can make the show…

Later in the week it’ll be Gunnar, Toby and myself heading inland to the Del Dios gig and then on Sunday the circus at the Coyote continues.

All good things your way, Peter

Thursday September 28, 2006   Billy Childs Ensemble  
The Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, SD 92121
tix via the Athenaeum 858-454-5872
gen'l admission $29/ Athenaeum members $24

Billy Childs — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Jimmy Johnson — bass
Peter Erskine — drums
Carol Robbins — harp
Bob Sheppard — reeds
and others
  8 PM   What a special moment! Billy Child's latest release is called "Lyric" and it's an amazing recording of detailed and inspired writing and playing. Jazz chamber music with a Grammy win for best composition. Visit here for more details on Billy's music.

Saturday September 30, 2006   Peter Sprague Trio
Del Dios Bar and Grill
20154 Lake Drive
Escondido, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Toby Ahrens — percussion
  8 to 11 PM   Inland soul for sure on this one!

Sunday October 1, 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   The ultimate outdoor summer setup complete with the Amtrak on the hour, some stray bikers, some spirited young Vinaka idealistic young ones, and the beloved fire rings. Come on out and be part of it.

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
Tripp Sprague — sax
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
others too...
  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 Waltrous  
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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