RP Bio  

Peterson’s prolific recording career began in 1985 with the fabled Blue Note label, with whose house band, OTB (Out of the Blue) he performed as a drummer. He released six Blue Note albums as a leader of different combos, including the “Fo’tet,” a quartet whose members have at various times included clarinetist Don Byron, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Belden Bullock and vibraphonist Bryan Carrott. To date, Peterson has released over 20 albums as a leader. 

His glittering curriculum vitae includes such names as pianists Walter Davis Jr., Geri Allen and Stanley Cowell; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Jon Faddis and Roy Hargrove; saxophonists Michael Brecker, David Murray, Branford Marsalis and Charles Lloyd and vocalist Betty Carter. 

A bandleader and educator for over 30 years and having played a significant role in launching the careers of Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Justin Faulkner, and Orrin Evans, among many others. Since 2002, he has taught drums and ensembles at Berklee College of Music.  

Peterson is also grateful and proud of the manner in which he has prevailed over physical and personal difficulties. He has lived his life “drink and drug-free” for more then 22 years now. He has survived colon cancer and Bell’s Palsy in addition to multiple orthopedic challenges.

In 2010, Peterson founded Onyx Productions Music Label and has released his own music on the label ever since. 

He proudly endorses Meinl Cymbals including his Signature Series Symmetry 22″ Ride and Nuance 21 Crash Ride, Mapex Drums, Evans Drumheads, and Vic Firth Sticks, Mallets and Brushes.





Ralph Peterson and Aggregate Prime, Triangular III, Fo'tet, Sextet, Unity Project and The GenNext Big Band 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:

Ina Dittke & Associates

Engkand - 44 1273 684 714

Miami - (305) 762 4309


Laura Martinez

(503) 432 9827

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Keith MecKinley, ESQ

(267) 984 8431