Jazz guitarist to spread grooves on Kaua‘iu

Jazz guitarist Peter Sprague brings his highly developed musical work of 30 years to the Kilauea Theater this weekend for a special performance. Sprague’s original compositions are known and loved in his hometown of San Diego, but his international fame connects him with Chick Corea, who named Sprague as his official transcriber. With deep roots in Brazilian rhythm and bebop, Sprague has won numerous awards for his jazz music and has been recognized for his work in diverse musical genres from classical to pop.

Tomorrow night’s performance includes special guests traveling with Sprague from California, including Bob Magnusson on upright acoustic bass, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Toby Ahrens on percussion, and local North Shore resident and vocalist, Michaelle Edwards.

Sprague’s music has been called playful, pristine, stunningly tight, energetic, heartfelt and fun. Whether producing, engineering, composing or playing, Sprague’s talent has been recognized with numerous awards and by well-known musicians such as Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt.

Local vocalist Michaelle Edwards performs locally with guitarist Kirk Smart on Mondays and Wednesdays at Mediterranean Gourmet in Ha‘ena. She was awarded Hawaiian best jazz recording in 1998 and will be performing selections from her recent CD “Tropical Twilight” produced by Sprague.

Whether exploring new territories of his original jazz music or revisiting popular tunes by legendary artists like the Beatles, Bob Marley, Cole Porter, and Charlie Parker, Peter Sprague’s unique blend of inspired melodies and brilliant technical execution consistently enthuses and challenges the listener. “Don’t miss this exciting North Shore concert,” writes Edwards who is also promoting the show. “Peter, his brother Tripp and Bob will dazzle your mind and open your heart with the beauty of their music.”

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