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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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.
San Diego Troubadour
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