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Peterson, Jr.
United States

Ralph Peterson, Jr.


With MEINL since:



May 19, 1962

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

Pleasantville, NJ

Currently living in:

Weymouth, MA

Drumming since:


Car that you currently drive:

Chrysler and forever.

Favorite Food:

Thai food, or anything spicy

Favorite Drink:

Anything out of a juicer...and "brain-freeze cold."


Michael Carvin, Art Blakey

Highlight of your career so far:

Being selected as the last Jazz Messenger drummer by Art Blakey, being called to sub by and for Elvin Jones, winning the Swing Journal Gold Disc award on my debut album "V," and the launch of my label Onyx Music label.

Drumming strengths:


Drumming means to me:

It's what I do.

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Don't settle for being great drummers. Be great musicians who play drums.

How would you describe yourself:

Someone who plays music from his heart, not from his head.

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

That people cared about me because I cared about people.


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