Master drummer, respected composer, critically acclaimed and internationally known bandleader and talent scout extraordinaire Ralph Peterson has carried on in the tradition of his mentor and idol Art Blakey, who was renowned for his hard-driving approach to the kit and his uncanny knack for discovering new talent. Peterson's world renown and internationally acclaimed jazz group "Ralph Peterson Fo'tet" is the platform by which he expresses deeply held musical principles and has earlier featured jazz giants such as Michael Brecker (Back To Stay - 1999) and Don Byron ( Presented to the world in 1989 through the recording “Ralph Peterson Presents the Fo!tet”, the Fo!tet has stayed in tact for almost 23 years with very few personnel changes; entering a new era, the Ralph Peterson Fo!tet is now featuring three new rapidly emerging artists; Felix Peikli (Clarinet & Bass Clarinet), Joseph Doubleday (Vibraphone) and Alexander L. J. Tóth (Accoustic Bass) on Ralph Peterson!s next CD recording “Duality Perspective” due to be released in May of 2012.
Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix Peikli found his way into music trough the local Marching Band at the age of 8. At an early age Felix received multiple prizes and awards in different contest such as AOM (local), OM (state), NM (national), UKM (nation), The National Dream Prize (national), The Capitol of Norway Honor Prize (national), Grant in the Grand Chance (national), Vandoren Emerging Artist (International) and more. Felix attended clarinet studies at Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway and studied clarinet under Professor Fredrik Fors (from 2004 – 2008). Appearing frequently on national TV, Radio and other media as a bandleader, Felix quickly gained mass recognition and a steady following. Felix begun playing on National and International festivals, international appearances, concerts, etc. (such as in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, U.K. etc.) and Talent.no became his main sponsor in2007, working closely with Jorn Hoel. Felix has already conducted 2 international tours as a band leader in August 2010 and June 2011 with the Felix Peikli Quintet playing at venues such as the Oslo Jazzfestival, Valdres Festival, TV2, and more.
Granted a Full Tuition Scholarship, Felix begun his studies at Berklee College of Music fall 2008 and has been so fortunate to have the opportunity to study and play with/for many talented musicians and professors such as Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Eddie Gomez, Aaron Goldberg, Wayne Shorter, Ralph Peterson Jr., Ben Street etc. As a part of the newly founded honors-program “Berklee Global Jazz Institute” (directed by World renown Danilo Perez and Marco Pignataro), Felix has had a chance to meet many wonderful musicians worldwide. In 2011 he went with the BGJI touring New Orleans, LA, and Panama.
Felix is currently a part of Ralph Peterson Jr.!s world-renowned jazz group “Ralph Peterson Fo!tet” having already performed at venues such as the House of Blues.
Joe Doubleday is a young vibraphonist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In high school, Joe was accepted into the regional and state honor bands for classical and jazz. He later attended the prestigious private arts school, Oklahoma City University, on a full scholarship as a classical percussionist. While in the school, he played every night at local jazz clubs such as Maker!s Cigar Lounge, The Prohibition Room, Bedlam BBQ, Bourbon Street Jazz Café, Ingrid!s Beer and Wine Bar, Sage Lounge, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, and Urban Roots. He also headlined jazz festivals such as The Red Bud Jazz festival and Tonkawa Jazz festival. After studying classical percussion for 2 years at Oklahoma City University, Joe received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.
Since moving to Boston, Joe Doubleday has had the privilege of studying with Terri Lyne Carrington, Ed Saindon, Greg Osby, Dave Samuels, Ralph Peterson, Scott DeOgburn, and many others. He has had the opportunity to perform with many well-known musicians such as, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rodgers, Oscar Stagnaro, Dave Liebman, Jason Palmer, Neal Smith, Jean Caze, Luques Curtis, Tia Fuller, and Godwin Louis.
Joe was invited by Terri Lyne Carrington to give a private performance for the Clark Sisters. Joe is in the house band in the legendary Weekly Jam Session at Wally!s Jazz Club, which is among the oldest family owned and operated jazz clubs in existence. Joe remains one of the top call vibraphonists in Boston and the surrounding areas and has recorded as a sideman on multiple albums. In 2011, Joe toured Switzerland with The Boston Collective and was invited to play at the Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival in the Dominican Republic. He also went on tour in Aruba to play with the Bremo/Jansen Project at the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival.
Alexander L. J. Tóth is a formerly self-taught musician, playing both Bass Guitar and Upright Bass. Born in Toronto, he came from a musical household, where he quickly developed a hunger for Music. Tóth started playing Bass Guitar professionally during middle school, co-leading an R&B/Jazz band. During High school, Tóth began playing Upright Bass. Soon after, he studied at the Humber Community Music School with Kirk MacDonald, which led him to grow deeper into Jazz. In the course of his High School years, he has performed at most of the major Jazz Festivals and Competitions, receiving many Honors and Awards. His next project, a Jazz Trio was selected to play at the last IAJE conference and was presented with a special citation and an Award of Excellence.
Presently attending Berklee on a major scholarship, he has performed and studied with Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Patrice Rushen, Donald Harrison,Darren Barrett, Greg Osby and Ron Savage, among many others. Currently Tóth is sixth semester at Berklee and holds the Bass chair in Ralph Peterson!s Fo!tet band.