Ralph Peterson


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For more then 30 years, Ralph Peterson has been one of the distinctive and

recognizable drummers in jazz. Besides his incomparable talent behind the

drum kit, which has led to collaborations with the likes of Terence

Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Roy Hargrove, Michael

Brecker, Regina Belle, Betty Carter and The Roots over a nearly thirty-year

career – not to mention being hand-picked by Art Blakey as the second

drummer in the legendary bandleader’s Jazz Messenger Big Band until

Blakey’s 1990 death.

A great sequel is a rarity worth waiting for. Drummer/composer Ralph

Peterson returns to the trio format for only the third time in 30 years

on TriAngular III, due out April 8 via Peterson's own Onyx Music label

and Truth Revolution Records and. This time out he's joined by brothers

Zaccai and Luques Curtis on piano and bass, adding a new incarnation to the

prestigious TriAngular lineage.

Recorded live at New Haven's Firehouse 12, TriAngular III provides not

only a showcase for Peterson's boundless energy and imagination, but also a

testament to the healing power of music. The album was recorded, mixed

and mastered as Peterson was being diagnosed and treated for colorectal

cancer, becoming a sterling symbol of his successful battle against the


Mr. Peterson also remains in high demand as an educator does workshops

and clinics with the support of his endorsers Mapex Drums, Meinl Cymbals,

Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Stick and Brushes.

Ralph Peterson is now at the intersection where his influence on modern jazz

is undeniable and constant. He has been on more then 150 other CD’s as a

sideman with other artists. He is at the apex of his power as a drummer,

bandleader, teacher and mentor. His list of students constitute a who’s who

of today’s amazing up and coming drummers like Ari Honig, E.J Strickland,

Tyshawn Sorey, Mark Whitfield Jr., and Justin Faulkner.

Off the bandstand, Mr. Peterson has also conquered many challenges in his

life. He gives back to young people in his work as Full Professor of

Percussion at Berklee College of Music. He holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon

Do and has recently been promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt, which is

Master Instructor level.