Since it was first published in 1951, Langston Hughes’s poem, “Harlem,” has been a source of awe and inspiration for generations of African American artists, notably Lorraine Hansbury, whose most famous play, “A Raisin in the Sun” (1959) borrowed its title to enhance its theme of black families’ fraught and frustrated pursuit of the American Dream.
Now, as our seemingly unending conversation about race is reenergized by a plague police shootings of unarmed black citizens and the accompanying lack of accountability for those actions, Ralph Peterson Jr., percussionist, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator, has called upon Hughes’ iconic poem to give both title and theme to Dream Deferred, his 20th album as a leader and his sixth to be released on his independent label, Onyx, which began six years ago with the release of Peterson’s Outer Reaches.
Dream Deferred is also the first to feature his new quintet, Aggregate Prime, comprising the powerful, all-star tandem of bassist Kenny Davis, guitarist Mark Whitfield, saxophonist-flutist Gary Thomas and pianist Vijay Iyer.
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:
Tippi Younger at Onpoint Management