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This performance was from Ralph's November 14, 2013 performance at PASIC 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. Ralph was the first drum set artist of the weekend and he packed the large ballroom where his clinic was held, and made a lot of jaws drop in the process. This clip is of Ralph playing along to the Chick Corea track "Humpty Dumpty."
Ralph is "one of the last mohicans" as my friend Joe Hibbs from Mapex Drums likes to say. At 21 years old, he was the last drummer to be personally selected by the legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey to play in his Jazz Messengers Big Band. The last drummer that the legendary Elvin Jones called to sub for him on a gig...Ralph Peterson. Just those two credentials alone speak to Ralph's pedigree. Young enough to still be hip, but having been able to spend time under the tutelage of jazz legends that are no longer with us, Ralph is in the unique position of straddling two different worlds.
He's been a bandleader for 17 albums that he's released and has been a full professor at Berklee College of Music for 11 years now. This is the first of a few clips we'll release of Ralph's awesome performance at PASIC. Enjoy! (-Chris)