Hello Fine Folks, reporting to you from a sunny August Monday, Stevie’s “Rocket Love” is on the box, I’m concentrating on getting the news out and then it’ll be a sprint to the ocean to clear my head before our 6:30 PM radio hit on KSDS tonight. It’s a good life and it’s filled to the brim with good people. Thanks for tuning in.

A couple of weeks ago Australian singer Kate Fuller and I recorded a zippy version of “The Birds and the Bee’s” for an Australian wine company and I just got word that it went through. Yay! Check it out here to see how they make things flow down under. Kate sounds great too!

If you're going to sell a bottle of wine your best bet for big sales is to have a picture of a great looking couple and play a SoCal version of "The Birds and the Bees". Hah!

Coming up this week I’m thrilled to play a show at Quail Botanical Gardens with vocalist Kevyn Lettau on Thursday early evening. The setting is spectacular with the music placed in the midst of nature’s finest wares. Trees and plants pretty much make any situation better. The group will be Gunnar on bass mixed in with Kevyn and I and we’ll share some samba and swingeroos along with some of our originals from our four star hit record “What Is Enough?” Actually, it did get a great four star review but if the term “hit record” has a little leeway in these days of the crumbling music industry, yeah, well then it is indeed a hit! Hah...

Kevyn and Peter singing with the band at Anthology a couple of weeks back. Photo by Michael Oleta.

On Saturday me and the String Consort group are driving out to Idyllwild to be part of the annual Jazz Festival in the Pines. This event too is set in there with the trees and the whole vibe of the festival with the different bands and different stages, mixed in with great food, it’s something you really ought to consider checking out. We’re playing Saturday around 2:30 PM and with all of the luck in the world we’ll also have our new CD “The Wild Blue” in our hands. It’s down to the wire on this one weather or not it’ll be done in time but we’re planning on some great music either way.

It might be in our hands this week! Design by Barbara Rix.

Last week when I was in Denver with Dianne Reeves I got to play for the first time with Munyungo Jackson on percussion. Fantastic! Among the zillion different bands he’s played with I particularly loved talking with him about his experiences playing in Stevie Wonder’s group. He to this day still plays with the Stevie and he had some classic tales of road time with one of my heroes. And that’s what we’re planning for this Sunday at Anthology, a night of Stevie Wonders music filtered through our jazz and Brazilian angles on music. It’s a natural fit morphing from Stevie’s “I Wish” into Coltrane’s “Resolution” and going full on samba with Stevie’s “As” from the Songs in the Key of Life album. We’ve got a great band lined up and from the opening piano figure of “As If You’ve Read My Mind” we’ll lead you through an inspired sonic journey of one of oue worlds most inspiring musos. Hope to see you there to share in the Stevie-ness!

That’s it, Peter

Leonard, Rebecca Jade and me jammin' at the last PS Plays Stevie show.
Photo by Jim Occhi.
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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