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Peter Sprague

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. By the age of fifteen he was devoting all his time and energy to learning music. He studied with San Diego jazz guitarist Bill Coleman, played in his high school stage band, and formed his first group, the Minor Jazz Quartet.

Following a year's 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 returned to San Diego in 1978 and formed a jazz group called The Dance Of The Universe Orchestra that featured Kevyn Lettau, John Leftwich, and Peter's brother, Tripp Sprague on saxophone.

Peter has recorded many of his own albums on the Concord, Xanadu, and SBE record labels and has been a guest artist on many other records. Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, David Benoit, and Sergio Mendes are only but a few of the many great artists Peter has worked with. His debut with the Chick Corea band was a series of concerts at Disneyland on Memorial Day weekend. In a review the following day in the Los Angeles Times, Leonard Feather called Peter "...One of the emergent great guitarists." Peter also worked with Chick on the film score to the movie "The Cat Chasers", starring Kelly McGillis.

Peter is active in the music book world having self-published nine of his own books, (The Sprague Technique, SpragueSongs, Soliloquy Songbook, Blurring the Edges Songbook, BrazilJazz Songbook, Soliloquy Songbook, Jazz Solos of Charlie Parker, Jazz Solos of Sonny Rollins, Jazz Solos of McCoy Tyner, and Assorted Jazz Solos). Peter's The Jazz Solos of Chick Corea is published nationally with Sher Music. Sprague also is the chief organizer and transcriber for Chick Corea's music books. Hal Leonard Publishing has released Chick Corea's Light Years, The Eye Of The Beholder, Inside Out, Chick Corea Collections, Beneath The Mask, and Paint the World, all books executed by Peter.

Peter has been involved with GRP Records on a number of projects. He arraigned Chick Corea's song "Spain" for the GRP All-Star Big Band record and video. This tune was played by the likes of Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Dave Weckl, Ernie Watts, etc. Peter was featured on David Benoit's GRP releases "Letter To Evan" and "Shaken, Not Stirred". Peter toured with pianist David Benoit worldwide for three years. Also on GRP, Sprague played with Eric Marienthal, Russell Ferante, Jimmy Haslip, Alex Acuna, and Ivan Lins on Eric's GRP record "One Touch".

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Album Review

Peter Sprague String Consort: Dr. Einstein's Spin

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Composer/guitarist Peter Sprague isn't well-known, but there are few musicians operating at his level; he counts pianist Chick Corea, bassist Charlie Haden and fellow six-stringer Pat Metheny among his enthusiastic supporters.One of his ongoing projects, The Peter Sprague String Consort, represents a true marriage of jazz trio with string quartet, and the ensemble is back after 2009's The Wild Blue (SBE, 2010) with Dr. Einstein's Spin, which was in part commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works ...

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Peter Sprague: Calling Me Home

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Peter SpragueCalling Me HomeSBE Records2010In his varied, 30 year career, guitarist and composer Peter Sprague has always shown an affinity for vocalists. On Calling Me Home, this affinity is expanded to its logical conclusion. The disc features vocals on every tune and draws from a deep talent pool of five incredible voices. What's particularly amazing about this effort is that Sprague has created a very accessible release by simplifying some of his ...

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The Peter Sprague String Consort: The Wild Blue

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The Peter Sprague String Consort The Wild Blue SBE Records 2009

Guitarist/composer Peter Sprague isn't nearly as well known outside serious musician circles as he should be. Maybe his international profile will be raised since he's been touring with vocalist Dianne Reeves. Twenty-three years ago, in 1987, bassist Charlie Haden asked his good friend, guitarist Pat Metheny to join a quartet he was putting together. Metheny was reluctant to move to the ...

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Guitarist Peter Sprague Flies "The Wild Blue" - November 24 Release

Guitarist Peter Sprague Flies "The Wild Blue" - November 24 Release

Source: Michael Bloom Media Relations

The Wild Blue (SBE Records) features my seven-piece The Peter Sprague String Consort group. It's a gathering of two different worlds -- a group comprised of a classical string quartet and a jazz trio. The two worlds come together to explore a soundscape rich in harmony riding on the rhythmic pulse of the Brazilian samba and jazz swing. We've played over 20 shows in the last two years and have a unique body of music that we've finally recorded in ...


Performance / Tour

Jazz Legends Pay Tribute to Sergio Mendes at Anthology

Jazz Legends Pay Tribute to Sergio Mendes at Anthology

Source: Michael Ricci

By Erick Pettersen On July 26, at 7PM, at Anthology--a jazz club in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood--an ensemble of seven jazz performers, including jazz guitarist Peter Sprague and vocalist Kevyn Lettau, will perform a tribute concert to Sergio Mendes--a Brazilian musician who plays bossa nova, which he crosses with funk and jazz. Mendes influenced modern jazz, as well as the seven people who will perform that evening.

In 1995, many years after he met Mendes, jazz guitarist Peter Sprague's ...



Bachsters Meet Bopsters for a Second Show!

Bachsters Meet Bopsters for a Second Show!

Source: All About Jazz

Hello Friends, the miraculous flexibility of the web has once again illuminated the possibilities of this new world. Dig this, yesterday we had the idea of expanding the music and as a result of your enthusiastic and kind response we’re going for a SECOND SHOW!!! Hahaahhhaa, we’re on! So, to recap—our String Consort group, which brings together some Bachsters and bopsters, is playing tomorrow, Thursday March 5th at the Powerhouse Building in Del Mar right on the ocean next ...

Sprague reaches for and grabs elusive chords from outer space as easily as most guitarist grab single-note blues riffs. As any of you who have heard Sprague would easily guess, he is, indeed, up to the task. While the playing here is certainly dazzling, the genius and beauty in his approach is that of always letting the guitar playing serve the music, not the other way around". Craig Yerkes San Diego Troubadour April, 2008 Reviewing Peter Sprague Plays Solo recording

It's always fun to hear Sprague backing others, because his playing tends, as mentioned, toward a Brazilian groove when he's leading



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

RETRO Trilogy

Allegato Music


Dr. Einstein's Spin

SBE Records


The Peter Sprague...

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Peter Sprague:...

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From: RETRO Trilogy
By Peter Sprague

The Wind

From: RETRO Trilogy
By Peter Sprague



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