The Peter Sprague Trio at North Coast Rep

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - July 12, 2018 - PRLog -- The Peter Sprague Trio

July 23, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Peter Sprague jazz trio explores songs that resonate with the boomers. They start with The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, and Cream, and then for balance they play "Georgia" or add Cole Porter. The vibe is contagious and the sound pulls you in.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 11, 1955, Peter Sprague was raised in Colorado until 1963, when his family moved to Del Mar, California. Inspired by his father's love of jazz, he took up the guitar when he was twelve. Following a year of music study at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Sprague studied privately and performed around the San Diego area until 1976. That year found him moving to Boston to study with many notable musicians including Pat Metheny, Madame Chaloff and Albin Czak (a classical guitarist).

Peter has recorded 16 of his own albums on the Concord, Xanadu, and SBE record labels and has been a guest artist on many other records. Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Hubert Laws, Billy Childs, David Benoit and Sergio Mendes are only but a few of the many great artists Peter has worked and recorded with.

Peter is also involved with producing other artists and has been part of over 275 CD projects. He runs a recording studio called SpragueLand where he is the producer, engineer, guitar player, composer and arranger.

Peter has won many awards for his recordings and his live playing:
San Diego Best of 1984 San Diego Newsline Newspaper
San Diego Reader's Best of 1988-Best Local Musician
San Diego Entertainer Magazine's Best of 1986-Best Jazz Act
San Diego Entertainer Magazine's Best of 1988-Musician's Choice
San Diego Music Awards 1994-Best Pop Jazz Group (Blurring the Edges)
San Diego Reader's Best of 2000 Poll-Best Jazz Artist
San Diego Music Awards 2000-Best Mainstream Jazz Artist
San Diego Reader's Best of 2003 Poll-Best Jazz Artist
San Diego Music Awards 2004 - Best Jazz Artist
Honored at Museum of Making Music Evening of Note 2006
San Diego Music Awards 2007 - Best Jazz Artist

Sprague composed and performed a 20-minute guitar concerto with both the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra in May 2000 and then with the San Diego Symphony in May 2002.

In 2003 Peter composed and played the music for the KPBS Television documentary "Eye of the Beholder: The Artistry of James Hubbell". The program continues to be aired today and is also available on DVD.

In 1992 Peter arranged Chick Corea's song "Spain" for the GRP All-Star Big Band recording and video. Featured artists on this recording were Lee Ritenour, Dave Weckl, Ernie Watts and John Pattitucci.

The Peter Sprague String Consort has been in operation since 1985. This group joins a classical string quartet with a jazz guitar trio. The approach for this ensemble is to bring the string quartet into full participation with the jazz trio through compositions that fully engage the string players, not your typical background type role. The compositions are large in scope, encompassing many different sections and moods.

Peter is active in the music book world having self-published nine of his own books and internationally published The Jazz Solos of Chick Corea with Sher Music. Sprague was also the chief organizer and transcriber for Chick Corea's music books with Hal Leonard Publishing.

Sprague taught music at both Musicians Institute in Hollywood and California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles for three years. Today Peter teaches every summer at the USCD Jazz Camp in San Diego.

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