January 15, 2016 7:00 pm

Church of the Pacific


Legendary jazz guitarist, composer, music transcriber, producer and recording engineer, Peter Sprague is performing at Church of the Pacific on Friday January 15th. He will be joined by singer songwriter guitarist Emily Elbert and other guests.

Opening act will be local jazz musicians Kirk Smart and Michaelle Edwards starting at 7 pm. Kirk Smart is a local favorite and has just opened Hanalei Strings music store. A talented and versatile jazz and blues artist, Kirk is also proficient on Hawaiian Steel Guitar.

 Edwards has recorded 2 CDs with Sprague including Tropical Twilight which won the Hawaii Music Award for best jazz recording. 

Local songwriter Charlene Dyer will be featured on a song she wrote titled ‘So This Is Love’, the title track to her new CD of originals with Sprague and his San Diego all star jazz band.

One of the most celebrated jazz guitarists of our time; Sprague has a distinctly melodic style with expressive elements of classic jazz, Brazilian, blues and Americana folk genres.  He has performed numerous times at Jazz on Lincoln Center and is frequently on tour with legendary jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and pianist composer Billy Childs.

An active and prolific musician, Sprague has produced or played on over 200 recordings including a jazz album with Concord and Xanadu as well as his own SBE label.  For several years, Sprague was an instructor at the Musicians Institute Hollywood as well as California Institute of the Arts.  He is currently on the faculty of the University of California at San Diego Jazz Studies and travels frequently to South America to teach workshops. In October 2015 he was awarded San Diego Music Awards’ “Lifetime Achievement Award.” 

A protégé of Pat Metheny, Peter has toured with Chick Corea, Mark O’Connor, Hubert Laws, David Benoit and Sergio Mendes. He has published 11 music books including transcriptions of the jazz solos of Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea “’Peter Sprague’s excellence as a musician is well demonstrated in his live and recorded performances,’ Corea said of Spragueʼs work.

Sprague’s original concept for a twin-neck guitar resulted in him working with a Luther to build it. This twin neck guitar consists of one nylon-string, wider classical-style neck combined with a second steel-string, narrower neck.

 Emily Elbert will be joining Peter for a set. Elbert is an accomplished guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. She weaves together a rhythmic funk-folk blend that is equal parts introspection and celebration. With a global spirit and do-it-yourself passion, the nomadic songstress has lovingly carried her songs around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Peru to Palestine. These experiences are reflected in her music, touching on the personal, the divine, and the universality that lies in between – a tribute to the timeless, fused with progressive perspective. She has opened for acts including G. Love & Special Sauce, Victor Wooten, Kaki King, Leon Russell, Robben Ford, and Richie Havens, and collaborated with artists ranging from Ben Taylor to Dweezil Zappa.  Emily’s music has garnered praise from publications like the Washington Post, Utne Reader, and Glamour Magazine, won awards in the U.S. and U.K., and attracted more than 1.5 million YouTube views.  She has independently released four albums and is currently touring as a member of Esperanza Spalding’s new project, Emily’s D+Evolution. 

Show time is at 7 pm on Friday, January 15 at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville.

This is an event not to be missed with world famous guitarist Sprague and friends for an evening of melodic jazz.

“Sprague is simply one of the best guitarists on the planet, playing with everyone from Dianne Reeves to Chick Corea.”
Bart Mendoza
SD News. Com

“Sprague is a musical heavy hitter of absolutely world-class stature.
Craig Yerkes
San Diego Troubadour

The Boston Folk Festival notes, “Emily Elbert is among the most glowing of the latest generation of American singer-songwriters.”

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door night of the show.

Tickets will be available at Harvest Market in Hanalei, Hanalei Strings and Things, Hanalei Surf Co., Magic Dragon Toys Princeville, Healthy Hut Kilauea, North Shore Pharmacy Kilauea, Kauai Music and Sound Kapaa, Kamoa Ukuleles Kapaa, Papayas Natural Foods Kapaa, and Scotty’s Music House Lihue. 

For more information, email or call Michaelle Edwards