Peter Sprague

Born: October 11, 1955    Primary Instrument: Guitar

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....
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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
San Diego Music Awards 2007 - Best Jazz Artist
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 ” here, he's in full- on bop mode, and it's a pure delight to hear him tearing through a gorgeous solo on “My Romance.” Jim Trageser North County Times December, 2007 Reviewing Kelly Jocoy's “Verities” recording

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