Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Road Work Ahead
- "New Local Jazz Releases" · March 27, 2013
- "Road Work Ahead: Reunion at Tango Del Rey" · April 17, 2012
Inception: San Diego, 1978
The all-star San Diego lineup known as Road Work Ahead began as the Bob Magnusson Quartet back in the early 1980s, and became Road Work Ahead when a potential tour of Hawaii became a reality.
The group is comprised of NYC pianist Bill Mays, SD bassist Bob Magnusson, guitarist Peter Sprague, and drummer Jim Plank. Mays left San Diego and established a thriving career back East, where he is a constantly in demand mainstream jazz pianist.
The group reunited in early 2012 for a nine-date tour, including a stop in San Diego at Tango Del Rey. Near the end of that year, “We did a California tour playing dates in San Diego, Temecula, L.A., and four more in the Bay Area,” says Sprague. “After that, we spent two days in the studio to record Intersection.” The full-length was released in April 2013.