Hello Fine Folks, it sure is a nice morning. I’m listening to Joni sing “Edith and the Kingpin” and the mix of that with the warm summer air makes for a pretty stellar moment. Life is good I think!

We had a cool hit last eve in Point Loma with the quartet playing outside —playing in the open air and also playing outside the chord changes. Ornette’s “Blues Connotation” had some illegal harmony going on but near the end of the show we invited young Kate Sprague up to make sense of the matter with her beautiful reading of “I’m An Old Cowhand”. It was a showstopper and nothing like a small kid and a country and western classic to make the sonic palette complete.

Kate Sprague singing "I'm An Old Cowhand"...photo by George Johnston
Duncan and Peter stirring it up...photo by George Johnston

For this week I’m thrilled to be involved in two really different concerts at two great venues. First up, on Thursday evening I’ll be connecting with pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Hamilton Price, and drummer Duncan Moore for a concert at the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla. Do you know Geoffrey’s music? Click here to learn more about him but let me tell you, from where I’m sitting and listening this fellow is a true gem and we’re all thrilled to have him living among us. He had a really early start in music and by the age of 18 was already playing in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He’s just been going full on from there and most recently playing gigs with Wayne Shorter’s group. I dig Keezer’s spirit in playing music and he loves seeing what can happen in the moment and letting it flow freely. We’ll be playing some of his music, a few new ones of mine, and making some music up on the spot too. It should be a great night of music. Look below if you want more details.

After a gig in L.A. at the House of Blues. Left to right, Geoffrey Keezer, Hamilton Price, and Peter.

At the end of the week on Sunday we’re heading to Anthology for a night of Brazilian music as heard through the ears of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66. When I was a kid growing up, my folks had the Sergio vinyl sides spinning and the blend of the unison voices singing in Portuguese along with the reworking of classic pop tunes really connected with me. This was my first introduction to Brazilian music and I’ve been a real fan ever since. For this concert the band will be three vocalists — Kevyn Lettau, Coral MacFarland-Thuet and Leonard Patton along with Tripp Sprague on sax, Duncan Moore on drums, Gunnar Biggs on bass and myself on guitar. Kevyn sang and recorded with Sergio’s band for 9 years and at one point she was able to get me on some gigs with Sergio too. It was a wonderful moment for me to play the samba with one of the cats that first brought it to the America. I hope you can make it out and the blendo of “Fool on the Hill” and “Mais Que Nada” with the balmy July evening ought to be a fairly magical moment.

Peter Sprague Group Plays Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66. Left to right, Peter, Gunnar, Coral, Tripp, Kevyn, Duncan with Leonard in the front. Photo by Barbara Rix...

And the last event for me for this week is cellist Carter Dewberry’s CD release concert at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana. Carter has been an integral member of my String Consort and she’s now recorded a solo CD called “Origins”. It’s a wonderful collection of songs by different composers plus one of her originals called “Tight Rope” Super cool! She has a magic sound and creative spirit that comes through in her playing. I’ll be joining her for the concert and we’re playing a new arrangement of my tune “Mudra” for cello, clarinet, oboe and guitar. Can’t wait! Check out Carter’s info here.

Carter Dewberry. Photo by Tom Westerlin.
That’s it and may the bliss of summer continue on, P
Thursday July 23, 2009   Geoffrey Keezer &
Peter Sprague Quartet
Athenaeum Library
1008 Wall St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-5872
Geoffrey Keezer — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Duncan Moore — drums
Hamilton Price — bass
  7:30 PM   Teaming up with the fantastic Keezer for a night of UFO explorations!

Saturday July 25, 2009   Carter Dewberry in Concert The Yost Theater
307 Spurgeon Street,
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Carter Dewberry — cello
Peter Sprague — guitar
  8 PM   Carter plays cello with my String Consort group and she's just released a solo cello CD. Fantastic! I'm playing the concert with her and she's one of the best!

Sunday July 26, 2009   Peter Sprague Group
Plays Sergio Mendes &
Brasil '66
1337 India St.
San Diego, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
Leonard Patton — vocals
Coral MacFarland - Thuet — vocals
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  7:30 PM   The Brazilian music of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 had such an impact on most of our lives and it's a thrill to revisit this music and bring some 2009 into the mix. It'll be a great evening of samba...

Thursday July 30, 2009   Peter Sprague Trio Quail Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA
(760) 436-3036
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
  6 PM   Playing some trio music in a magical spot!


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