BIOGRAPHY

Master Drummer Ralph Peterson presents the Ralph Peterson Fo’tet Augmented

ALIVE at Firehouse 12 - Volume 2: Fo’ n Mo’ Legendary Drummer Bandleader Ralph Peterson has done it again with a 2nd volume of his continuing recordings at Firehouse12, the New Haven Connecticut jazz club which has made an undeniable impact on the East Coast Jazz scene. With ALIVE at Firehouse 12; Volume 2, Peterson continues to illustrate his mastery with a new edition of Fo’tet players (and some very special guests, hence the Fo’ n Mo’ subtitle) who simply burn from note one.

 This cd features a number of Peterson originals (Lady in Black, Surrender, and Tears I Cannot Hide), a Stevie Wonder staple, and three jazz standards from the pens of Billy Strayhorn, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Chick Corea.

Peterson says, “This is an excellent snapshot of the evolution of this band. I’m focused on trying to develop fresh ideas in music as well as collaborate with and highlight new and established players. Reconnecting with former OTB/Fo’tet band mate and friend Steve Wilson, who’s Soprano approach has always been among my favorites in music since hearing him first hearing him over 20 years ago.” Percussionist and Professor Peterson’s Berklee colleague, Eguie Castrillo, work together marvelously with RP’s dense yet sensitive rhythmic comping. Felix Peikli on Clarinet/B.Clarinet, Vibraphonist Joseph Doubleday and Alex Claffy on Bass all bring youthful fire to the music. Being a launch pad for new talent, Peterson, in his own voice, embodies a tradition of apprenticeship much like his beloved mentor Art Blakey.

 This is Peterson’s 18th record as leader and the level of performance rivals any record the drummer/composer/educator has appeared on in the last 25 years. The live record accurately captures the tremendous energy of this band, which has become a signature brand of the drummer/composer/arranger/bandleader. 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 is at the apex of his power as a drummer, bandleader, teacher and mentor. With the release of this new recording, Peterson is delivering the goods every time he gets on a bandstand with like-minded musicians. Yes, it is easy to say that that Ralph Peterson, Jr is ALIVE and pushing the collective envelope every chance he gets. And for us, that’s a good thing.


PRESS

DOWNBEAT REVIEW

MUSIC

Comin' Home by Ralph Peterson w/ Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Walter Smith III, Zaccai Curtis and Lucques Curtis

The Duality Perspective by Ralph Peterson w/ Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Walter Smith III, Zaccai Curtis and Lucques Curtis

One False Move by Ralph Peterson w/ Felix Peikli, Joseph Doubleday and Alexander Toth

Bamboo Bends In A Storm by Ralph Peterson w/ Felix Peikli, Joseph Doubleday and Alexander Toth

VIDEOS

Ralph Peterson's 'The Duality Perpective' CD Release from J. Chriss & Co on Vimeo.

PHOTOS

       

     

CONTACT

The Ralph Peterson Fo'tet, Sextet and Unity Project are currently available for performances, live shows and venues internationally as well as in the United States. Please direct any inquiries regarding booking policies and/or other booking related questions using the information below

For bookings please contact:
Aaron Gottlieb Agnecy

(908) 930-6177

aaron@gottliebagency.com

Ralphpetersonmusic.com