Ralph Peterson, Jazz Drummer

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Onward & Upward
Listen Up!
Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy: Legacy Alive Vol.6

Custom sticks, T-shirts

Ralph Peterson Vic Firth Custom Drum sticks
Onyx T-shirts

Jazz Drumming Demystified

Watch and buy the DVD, Jazz Drumming Demystified
Ralph Peterson with Meinl Cymbals


Watch El Grito

Premieres May 20, 2020! This is the first single released on the new Messenger Legacy recording. The CD is set for fall 2020 release. This is a Brian Lynch composition called El Grito.

Master drummer Ralph Peterson continues to advance the continuum of his late mentor Art Blakey on Onward & Upward, his ambitious and expansive 25th release as a leader. On this historical release, due out September 18th, Peterson brings together 14 former Jazz Messengers and three Legacy Messengers to write a new page in the Messenger Legacy songbook.

Spearheaded by Peterson, the expansive lineup on Onward & Upward features Joanne Brackeen, Kevin Eubanks, Robin Eubanks, Essiet Essiet, Steve Davis, Craig Handy, Philip Harper, Brian Lynch, Lonnie Plaxico, Bill Pierce, Melisa Slocum, Jean Touissant, Peter Washington, and, in the spirit of mentorship, rising pianists Zaccai Curtis and Anthony Wonsey and percussionist Reinaldo DeJesus.
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