Greetings Folks, Weather Report is filling the airwaves, “Volcano For Hire” is capturing my attention and my hands are freezing. It turns out that there isn’t heat in my office. I’m hoping that I can hire Weather Report’s volcano to share the warmth. What a view though!

We had a fantastic concert with the String Consort group over the weekend. Thanks to all of you that made it out. It was a great turnout, lots of enthusiasm and the band sounded GOOD. The new tune “The End of the Internet” had its day in the sun and I love the way it unfolded. This fellow dug the concert and even noticed that “the girls can swing!” I'm with you man and I’m inspired to write more music for the group for the upcoming gigs we have in February. Thanks to Jim Gilliam for helping us pull off the details and for interfacing with the Encinitas Community Center.

The group at the end of the gig with Number 1 fan. I forget her name but from the left to right it's Jeanne, Bridget, Carter, Bob, Pam, Peter and Miss Enthusiasm.
Photo by Rick Sokol.

This is the future in concert merchandising protocol. That's my daughter Kylie with her friends and they did a fantastic job of directing potential music buyers to the right CD and spreading the great vibes of Encinitas outward. Please meet (from left to right) Jack, Kylie, Evan, Austin and Emily. Good peeps!
Photo by Rick Sokol.

Jim Trageser, a writer from the North County Times, wrote a wonderful review on our new “Wild Blue” CD. He writes,

“As ambitious a recording project as jazz guitarist Peter Sprague has tackled, the first CD from his Peter Sprague Jazz Consort seamlessly-and, it seems, effortlessly- takes in both jazz and classical, recalling the heyday of efforts to marry the structure of European classical music with the free-wheeling improvisation of American jazz. Not just straddling what are generally considered disparate styles and traditions, but blending them into a new whole, Sprague and his colleagues have crafted their own entry in the short list of projects that have succeeded at creating a common ground.”

Thanks Jim for the kind words and click here if you want to read the whole piece.

Fred Benedetti and I are teaming up to play a duo concert this week on Friday at Grossmont College. I love what we do together and for this show we're planning to blend in a steroidal jacked up Christmas song for good measure. Look out! Hope to see you there.

Fred on the left staring at me to see if we're in the same place in the song. We like going of the written page as soon as we can. It's out there in never-neverland where the magic starts kicking in.

Tomorrow I’m blasting early for LA to play a record date with vocalist Marissa Dodge with Tamir Hendleman on piano. Tamir is ripping it up and it’ll be good to meet Marissa too. I haven't heard her yet!

I’ve updated my gig calendar and look below for the details including our favorite Del Mar Christmas Eve concert.

All the very best, Peter


Friday December 11, 2009   Peter Sprague and Fred Benedetti

Grossmont College
Fine Arts Hall room 220
Grossmont College, San Diego

Peter Sprague — guitar
Fred Benedetti — guitar
  8 PM Bringing it together with guitarist Fred Benedetti. We'll venture off into my epic "Width of the World" music...

Thursday, December 17, 2009   Peter Sprague
Plays Solo
The Roxy Restaurant
517 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
Peter Sprague — guitar
  7 PM   I miss the Roxy! I've been away for a month or so and it'll be great to get it going again.

Saturday, December 19, 2009   Peter Sprague
and Kevyn Letttau
The Pacific Beach Surf Shop
4150 Mission Blvd. Suite #161
San Diego, CA 92109
Peter Sprague — guitar
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
  4 PM   This ought to be fun! They're having a Christmas party at the PB Surfshop and they have a new performance space for live music. Kevyn and I are teaming up for some fun. Hope to see you there!

Thursday December 24, 2009   Peter Sprague and the Whole Gang Play a Free Christmas Eve Concert!  

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

Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax and flute
Gunnar Biggs — bass
Hall Sprague — percussion
Fred Benedetti — guitar
Duncan Moore
— drums
Kevyn Lettau — vocals
Coral Macfarland-Thuet —vocals
Regina Benedetti — vocals
Julia Benedetti — Vocals
Lisa Hightower — vocals
  1 PM to 4 PM   This is our annual show where we set up in the outdoor amphitheatre at the corner of 15th Street and the Coast Highway in Del Mar. Unbelievable fun complete with jazzed up Christmas tunes and creative excursions involving musos that are in town for a visit and young musos that might be related to us. I hope you can make it...

Wednesday January 6, 2010   Josh Nelson Group
1337 India St.
San Diego, CA
Joshua Nelson — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tom Catanzaro — sax
Hamilton Price — bass
Kevin Kanner — drums
  7:30 PM   Josh is one of my favorite musos and his recording that he did last year was amazing. Can't wait to play on his creative tunes with this fantastic band!

Friday January 22, 2010   Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague Quartet  

Soka University, Aliso Viejo
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 480-4000


Geoffrey Keezer — piano
Peter Sprague — guitar
Hamilton Price — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
  7 PM   We played a show at the Athenaeum last year that was a highlight of the year. Can't wait to do it again up at SOKA.

Tuesday January 26, 2010   Peter Sprague Group
Plays Stevie Wonder
Pt. Loma Nazarene University
Crill Performance Hall
3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
details and directions
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   StevieLand!

Wednesday January 27, 2010   Blurring The Edges  
Rancho Bernardo Library
17110 Bernardo Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 538-8163
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax, flute, ewi
Fred Benedettin — guitar
  7 PM   Stoked to be doing a concert with Tripp and Fred and together we'll rediscover some of our classic songs.


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